Stoke-on-Trent man guilty of five counts of possession of child porn

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A Stoke-on-Trent man broke down in tears in court today “ashamed” after being sentenced for possessing child pornography.

Christopher Griffiths, 55, of Falcon Road, Meir Park, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent images and videos being seized from his laptop at his home.

Griffiths had downloaded a total of 10 category A videos, two category B videos, and 11 category C videos between August 4 2015 and December 10 2015, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.

Twelve category B still indecent images of children were discovered and 62 category C still indecent images were also found.

Andrew Turnock, defending, told the court a search warrant was executed and police searched Griffiths’ house on December 9, 2015, where they seized his laptop.

Judge Paul Glenn told Griffiths: “You’re a 55-year-old man with a good character, you have now lost that character.

“It’s a concern to me that so many of these images are accessible.

“These are real children being abused for the entertainment of others.

“I accept you’re embarrassed and accept you’re ashamed.”

Griffiths, who was tearful during sentencing, was given a two-year community order and a £535 fine to be paid in 28 days.

He has also been banned from certain activities involving children.

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