Durham paedophile jailed after being caught with software program to wipe web historical past from laptop

A paedophile pensioner has been jailed for order breaches after police came upon he had cleansing software program put in on his laptop.

Edward Tomlinson was given a suspended jail sentence in March final yr for possessing sickening indecent photos which concerned youngsters as younger as two years outdated. The 74-year-old was additionally made the topic of a sexual hurt prevention order and informed to attend rehabilitation days.

However Tomlinson breached the sexual hurt prevention order 3 times after police have been tipped off in Might final yr that he had three several types of software program put in on his laptop – which might have allowed him to delete and conceal his web shopping historical past. Tomlinson, of Luke Avenue, Cassop, Durham, appeared at Durham Crown Court docket on Tuesday to be sentenced for the breaches. He pleaded responsible at a earlier listening to.

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Anthony Pettengell, prosecuting, stated Tomlinson was handed a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months on March 12, final yr, for prices of creating indecent photos. The pensioner was present in possession of class A, B, and C photos, in addition to excessive porn and prohibited photos of youngsters. The court docket was informed that the youngsters concerned within the photos have been as younger as two-years-old.

However on July 5, final yr, police went to Tomlinson’s house and arrested him after it was discovered that he had software program on his laptop that he was banned from having. Mr Pettengell stated: “Police searched his property and seized a Samsung pill and a pc unit. The pc was examined and a cleaner was discovered which had been run no less than 3 times by the consumer. The cell phone was examined and it confirmed a privateness browser had been put in.”

In interview, Tomlinson claimed he had the software program put in with the intention to stream motion pictures and had used the privateness browser as a search engine as an alternative of Google with the intention to keep away from adverts. Mr Pettengell added that no indecent materials was discovered on the pc or cell phone following examinations however he was in breach of his suspended sentence.

Shaun Dryden, defending, stated Tomlinson had been “doing properly” on the order and “did what was required”. He stated Tomlinson had attended 56 probation appointments and had complied. He stated there was “no direct proof” that he had put in new software program and that the software program “seems to be outdated”. Mr Dryden stated Tomlinson was “not intentionally utilizing the software program” however stated he “now realises it was in opposition to the code of his order”. He added: “It is very important be aware how properly this defendant has been doing.”

Sentencing him, Decide James Adkin stated: “It appears to me that the inference from these three software program programmes was to cover your web exercise as you continue to keep an curiosity in hiding what you’re doing.” He stated he has “ongoing issues in regards to the dangers” Tomlinson presents and jailed him for 14 months.

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