Child abuse pictures found after Thai visit
A 50-YEAR-OLD has been convicted of possessing child abuse images after he was arrested at Bristol Airport returning from a holiday in Thailand.
William Flook's home was searched and a computer seized after border control staff found seven photos portraying indecent images of children in his shoulder bag.
Flook was handed a four-month suspended jail sentence and a sexual offences prevention order barring him from using computers, possessing photographs of children and stopping him using public libraries.
He must also abide by a tagged curfew between 6pm and 6am for a period of three months.
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Flook, of Gorlands Road, Chipping Sodbury, had pleaded guilty to 14 counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.
Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Flook had gone on holiday to Thailand with £5,000 in cash and been arrested after his return in February this year at Bristol Airport.
Analysis of his home computer revealed 328 indecent images of children although and 13 movies. A vast majority – 320 – did not show any sexual activity but two showed adults sexually abusing children. Another showed children engaged in sexual activity.
Mr Bell said officers also found the search terms "child rape" and "child pornography" on his computer.
He added in 2008 Flook had been banned from all libraries in Bristol and South Gloucestershire after he was seen downloading indecent images but Flook disputed this.
Mr Bell said Flook had no previous convictions.
Virginia Cornwall, defending, said: "There is no question of him distributing or showing the images, this is possession only. I ask for you to give him credit for his guilty plea, despite his no comment interview and continual denial."
She said that Flook, who uses crutches, was registered disabled and had been on disability living allowance since an industrial accident.
Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC told him: "People who download child pornography, as you have on many occasions, are doing something that perpetuates the abuse of children."