Suspended sentence for Eaton Socon man who had almost 1,000 indecent images of children

Peterborough Crown Court

Peterborough Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A man who was found with almost 1,000 indecent images of children has been placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Victor Potter, 70, was arrested in February 2017 following a police investigation into the sharing of indecent images of children.

Potter, of Knights Close, Eaton Socon, refused to say whether there was any illegal content on his computer.

However, after searching his house and seizing seven external hard drives and a box of USB memory sticks, officers found 977 indecent images of children, including 77 category-A images (those considered most severe).

Potter later said he felt ‘ashamed’ and admitted he needed help.

In December he pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child and on Thursday was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Peterborough Crown Court.

He was also given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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Detective Sergeant James Weston, of the Cambridgeshire police paedophile online investigation team said: “This is a positive result. The prohibitions imposed will allow the police to manage and monitor Potter’s online behaviour over the next 10 years, thereby working towards reducing the risk of harm presented to the public.

“We will continue to do all we can to safeguard the vulnerable by pursuing individuals who have an unhealthy sexual interest in children.”