Depraved child porn addict jailed for three years

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A Hemel Hempstead man who admitted becoming ‘hooked’ on downloading child porn images has been jailed for three years and put on the sex offenders’ register.

Philip Stonebank, 63, of Peascroft Road, was also discovered to have committed acts of gross indecency with a young girl in the past, as police investigated his offences.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of indecency with a child, possessing indecent photos of a child and four offences of making indecent photos of a child.

He also admitted a further charge of possessing an extreme porographic image.

Judge Steven Gullick, hearing the case, was told how police officers discovered indecent moving and still images of young girls when they went to Stonebank’s home in July last year.

He admitted he had become hooked on child porn images, which he said he had been downloading onto his computer on an almost daily basis.

He claimed to officers he was not a paedophile and said he thought it was safe to watch the material on his computer and admitted it had excited him.

Stonebank said the youngest girl he had seen was around three years old.

The court then heard as police investigated the offences, they were made aware of a young girl who had been a victim of Stonebank’s depravity.

They were able to speak to her and discovered that he had committed indecent acts in front of her years before.

Judge Gullick jailed Stonebank for three years and made him the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, which will last for the next 10 years.

He was also told his name would go on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.