Porn addict downloaded child abuse images

PUBLISHED: 14:19 24 February 2015

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A porn addict has admitted using his neighbour's wi-fi to download images of child abuse

Paul Baker piggybacked on the wi-fi signal of his next door neighbour in Topsham while they were abroad in Sweden and used it to seek out extreme images.

Baker was found after a website showing child abuse received so many hits from all around the world that it caused the web host to crash after just two days.

The company alerted the police who found it had been accessed by paedophiles from 136 different countries including 3,336 from Britain alone.

They were traced through their internet addresses - resulting in Baker’s completely innocent next door neighbour being targeted by police.

The defendant’s neighbour was traced to Sweden and told officers he had given Baker permission to use his broadband because he claimed he could not afford his own.

Baker, aged 55, of Pound Lane, Topsham, admitted four counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme images of adults having sex with pigs, horses and dogs.

He was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years, and ordered to attend an internet sex offenders’ treatment programme as part of two years supervision by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.

The Judge told him: “The majority of the images were in the more serious bands and there were images of extreme pornography in addition to the abusive images.

“I am suspending the sentence because it is important you are given the opportunity to engage with supervision and adapt your offending behaviour.

“This will enable you to develop boundaries. The whole purpose is to challenge your beliefs and attitudes to ensure you do not offend again.”

Mr Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said Baker’s offences came to light as the result of computers crashing at a web hosting firm in June 2011.

Engineers found the problem was demand for files which were found to contain child abuse images. Baker’s neighbour was traced as one of 3,336 addresses in Britain.

Mr Brunton said Baker was traced after police discovered the IP address holder was living in Sweden and police raided his home seized computers, DVDs and videos.

The court heard there were 81 images of children at the worst category and 284 at lower categories. There were also 56 extreme images of animals.

Baker told police he had a huge interest in pornography dating back 30 years and had downloaded the child images inadvertently.

Mr David Sapiecha, defending, said Baker was suitable for treatment and was assessed by probation officers as being at low risk of reoffending if he received it.

Mr Sapiecha said: He is not somebody who is cynically trying to avoid responsibility. He admits downloading and accepts he is 100 per cent responsible.

“He is someone who had an interest in pornography and has slipped into downloading child pornography rather than looking for it.”

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