A 37-year-old man who was found with inappropriate images of children has been jailed today at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court (April 13).
Gordon Quick, 37, of Lightwood Road, Longton, was arrested on June 27 2017, after police conducted a search of his property.
During the raid, officers found several indecent images of children on his computer, between the ages of six and twelve years old.
Quick pleaded guilty to being in possession of sexually explicit images on February 26 2018.
Prosecuting, Rob Smith, told the court that Quick was part of a group chat on an online chat site called ‘Chatiw’, which directed him to the images whilst searching for adult pornography.
Mr Smith, said: “He did not actively search for the images, but still saved them on his computer.
“He transferred the images onto a folder entitled ‘young delete’, which he did not do.
“He had folders labelled ‘mature’, ‘amateur’ and ‘young’, as he liked to be organised.”
Mr Smith, said: “He [Quick] has suffered from mild depression and had received additional medication prior to the arrest and court proceedings.”
Defending, Timothy Ashmore, said: “Mr Quick was found with six images containing category A child pornography and 23 of category C images.
“Mr Quick has no previous convictions or cautions.
“There was no evidence that he had searched for child pornography.
“But he had received the photos via a chat, ‘Chatiw’, where he was part of a group chat.”
Recorder, Stephen Thomas, said: “The images showed the penetration of children between six and 12 years of age.
“Anyone who has such images will get an immediate custodial sentence, which happens nine times out of ten.
“There had been no searches for child pornography images, but they were accidentally found.
“Many people that had come across them would have deleted them, but you stored them in a folder and for that, I have to sentence you.”
Quick received a four month jail sentence with an 18 month suspended sentence, and one month to be served concurrently.
The defendant is also required to do 100 hours of unpaid community service and must take a 30-day rehabilitation programme.