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Thursday, 31 March 2011 (3013631)
Man jailed for downloading 5,000 obscene child images
by Guest

A SEAFORTH man who downloaded almost 5,000 obscene images of children has begun a 16-month jail sentence.

The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Henry Globe QC told 39-year-old Mark Keenan last Thursday (March 31) that he was imposing the sentence because of the vast number of indecent pictures and the very young age of the victims.

He told him: “You do not recognise that you have a problem concerning your sexual thoughts and behaviour.

”That in itself is a worrying feature of your case given the very large number of images and movies that you have downloaded.“

Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that police raided Keenan’s home on April 28, 2009, following a referral from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre.

They seized a computer with two hard drives. On the machines they discovered a total of nearly 85,000 images that Keenan had downloaded from a file-sharing site.

A total of 4,925 photographs and videos featured abuse of children, both boys and girls, aged from four to 14. Expert analysis showed some of them had been viewed several times, but others were found in the recycle basket.

Keenan told officers he had deleted the images after seeing a video clip which had made him feel sick, but he admitted looking for ”pictures of young“ and knew it was wrong.

Keenan, of Lime Grove, Seaforth, pleaded guilty to 15 charges of making indecent images between January 1, 2008 and February 24, 2009.

Zillah Williams, defending, said that Keenan, who had no previous convictions, was having marriage problems and was particularly isolated at the time he began to look at the images.

She said that after his arrest he tried to take his own life but he is now reunited with his family and deeply regretted the shame he had brought on them which has profoundly affected him.


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