Computer man had collection of child porn

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A COMPUTER programmer from Hucknall, who was caught with downloaded child-porn, has been spared a prison sentence.

Martin Haslam (46), of Piper Close, was a man of previous good character and his offences were not connected with his work, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

He admitted 16 charges, including making and possessing indecent images taken from the Internet.

Police found a selection of still photos and videos, including 55 categorised in the second most serious level.

The offences covered a period between May 2005 and June 2008, said Dawn Pritchard (prosecuting).

Haslam had browsed adult pornography on the Internet before moving to younger subjects, said his barrister, Matthew Smith.

His two significant relationships had been with women younger than himself. His present partner was about 20 years younger, said Mr Smith.

“He appreciates the long-term harm that is caused to children involved in the making of these images,” Mr Smith told the court.

Judge Jeremy Lea told Haslam it would be more constructive to sentence him to a community order with treatment “rather than lock you up for a few weeks”.

He was sentenced to a three-year community order with a requirement to take part in an Internet sex-offender treatment programme, organised by the probation service.

The judge also disqualified Haslam indefinitely from working with children and made him the subject of a sex-offender prevention order, which limits how much he can use the Internet.

He will also have to sign on the sex offenders’ register for five years.