Sex offender used living room television to watch ‘vile’ child abuse
A sex offender hooked up his laptop to his television so he could watch “vile” large-scale child abuse, York Crown Court has learned.
David Barlow, 62, started searching online for sexual images of young people in 2014, prosecution Matthew Collins said.
In March 2020, a National Crimes Agency operation brought North Yorkshire Police to their doorstep.
They found images of abused children that had been downloaded using peer to peer software on her laptop.
“The laptop had been hooked up to the living room television so that the video images could be viewed on a larger scale,” Collins said.
Barlow, of Kingston Drive, Hambleton, near Selby, pleaded guilty to three counts of having indecent images of children.
“He ruined his life,” said recorder Paul Reid and described the footage as “utterly despicable material.”
Speaking directly to the sex offender, the judge said: “It’s hard to see why a man your age should start accessing this kind of material. You probably don’t understand it yourself.
Barlow was given an eight-month suspended sentence for two years on the condition that he complete a 90-day sex offender treatment program and 30-day rehab activities.
He also has to pay £ 180 in prosecution costs.
Barlow has been on the Sex Offender Registry for 10 years and subject to a 10-year Sexual Injury Prevention Order controlling how he accesses the internet and allowing police to monitor what he does online.
For Barlow, Caroline Abraham said he felt remorse and took steps of his own free will to deal with his problem.
He had completed an “intensive” Safer Lives program for sex offenders, she said.
She gave no further relief after the judge said he would suspend the prison sentence.
Mr Collins said Barlow’s arrest was part of a nationwide crackdown on cybercrime. Police arrested the sex offender in his car on March 3, 2020 and searched his home, where they found his laptop.
The children in the pictures were between 9 and 12 years old and all of the pictures had been viewed and deleted.