Child porn man is jailed for two years

Photo : David Hurst'65 year old Croft Brown recovering in Royal Preston Hospital after crashing his glider plane in Scotland
Photo : David Hurst'65 year old Croft Brown recovering in Royal Preston Hospital after crashing his glider plane in Scotland
Share this article

A MAN who had thousands of sickening images of children stored on his computer has been jailed for two years.

Shamed Croft Brown, 64 (pictured right), also distributed illegal videos and images on a file sharing network from his home in Lindale Avenue, Grimsargh.

However on April 28 last year, police raided the home and seized a laptop and separate hard drive belonging to the retired electrical engineer.

There were more than 200 videos and more than 5,000 images, ranging from level one to level five - the most serious category.

In many cases the file names given to the images gave graphic descriptions of their contents, Jeremy Grout-Smith, prosecuting, told Preston Crown Court.

Married father-of-two Brown, who is a glider pilot and was injured when he crashed his plane in Scotland last year, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of making indecent images, four counts of distributing, 10 counts of possessing indecent images, two counts of making indecent video images of a child and two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Beverly Hackett, defending, said: “He is extremely ashamed and so he should be.

“He accepts and has accepted over the last 12 months that without his participation in these sort of offences then children would not be harmed in the first place.”

Judge Simon Newell, sentencing, said: “It is said in your pre-sentence report that because these were images that in some way you distanced yourself from them.

“People should know and you must know that they can not use that as an excuse.

“Somewhere in this country or in foreign countries there are very small and vulnerable children who are being abused by adults - made to do awful, appalling sexual things, being treated as animals or commodities and being filmed for the benefit of people like you.

“That is the reality of these matters. Much as you might have sympathy for a man such as yourself - a decent, honest, mature man who has fallen by the wayside - there is a duty by these courts to pass sentences that fall on public disquiet and protect the children of this country and beyond.”