Married father found with ONE MILLION child
pornography images is spared jail
- Judge says it is not ‘humanly possible’ to view volume of images in a lifetime
- Court told defendant was obsessed and was found with one of biggest child pornography collections in the UK
- Some pictures showed children younger than age 10
- Offender given 12-month sentence, suspended for two years
By PHIL VINTER
PUBLISHED: 14:25, 28 March 2012 | UPDATED: 16:29, 28 March 2012
Repeat offender: Roger Borton, pictured, was caught with one of the largest ever hauls of child pornography in the UK and continued to offend even after police raided his home
A married father who downloaded a million indecent images after developing an obsession for collecting child porn has walked free from court.
Roger Borton, 56, was caught with one of the largest ever collections of child pornography in the UK and he even continued offending after police raided his home.
But even though the offences carry a maximum five-year jail term, he escaped an immediate prison sentence so he could be given therapy instead.
Borton admitted 21 charges relating to 957,351 images and movies and although he admitted to police he had looked at some for sexual gratification, he was said to be more obsessed with collecting the images than viewing them.
Some of the images were at Level 5, the most serious, but Richard Wright, representing Borton at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday, said the vast majority were at Level 1, the lowest category, which he suggested could exceptionally sway the sentence in his case towards treatment as opposed to prison.
The court heard that Borton was first arrested for the offences in November 2008 but faced such a long delay until sentence because of the sheer volume of images.
His bail was cancelled because of the delay and police returned to his home in July 2010 and seized more equipment which contained further illegal images.
Judge Colin Burn told Borton that he would not have thought it ‘humanly possible’ to view so many images ‘even in a lifetime.’
Borton, of Leeds, West Yorks., was given a 12 month sentence suspended for two years, with supervision and up to 60 days intensive activity requirement covering the sex offender treatment programme.
He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years and under a Sexual Offences Prevention Order was told he must make any devices capable of storing digital images available for inspection.
The judge said the offences were serious particularly where level four and five images were involved depicting the worse abuse.
He said: ‘Your private world, sitting in front of your PC either looking at or collecting these images, that private world is only made possible by appalling life changing abuse, both of a psychological and physical nature which these children suffer in order effectively for others to sell these images for people like you to have sexual gratification.’
Court appearance: Borton admitted to 21 charges relating to nearly a million images and movies. He admitted to police he had looked at some for sexual gratification, but was said to be more obsessed with collecting the images than viewing them
The judge said he had concluded that intensive and constructive intervention now would reduce future risk.
Paul Nicholson, prosecuting, told the court Borton was initially arrested as part of a police crackdown called Operation Nettlebed.
When interviewed he denied he was sexually attracted to children and said he liked girls up to the age of 18. He said he had started downloading adult pornography and progressed to younger girls and said it became ‘like an addiction.’
Mr Nicholson said some of the images depicted children younger than the age of 10 which Borton suggested was his limit.
Mr Wright told the court Borton had had a traumatic childhood and had since sought help with his obsession and been open with his wife and family who were standing by him.
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