A pensioner downloaded indecent images of children and extreme pornography involving animals after becoming isolated following the death of his son, a court heard.
John Price, 69, of Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, pleading guilty to possession of 40 photos and videos stored on his computer, ranging from the most serious, Category A, to Category C.
Price was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday. Prosecuting, Robert Sandford, said: “In September 2014 police officers attended Mount Pleasant Court in Grindleford. They recovered a laptop, computer tower, six usb memory sticks. These were subsequently examined and the images were discovered.”
They included: 12 category A movies and two images, five category B movies and two images, and three category C movies and four images.
He also hade more than 200 images of extreme pornography.
When interviewed by police, Price admitted the offence and said he got them from at least one website. There was no evidence that he had shared the images or videos.
Defending, Pamela Coxon, said: “He worked his whole life and retired at 60. His 34-year-old son died in 2009 while away in America. This caused him distress and appears to have had an effect on his mental health. He found himself lonely and isolated, living alone and depressed”
She said he had previously had three long-term relationships: “He started looking at dating websites and and his interest was pricked by pop-ups adverts. He accepts he developed an unhealthy interest over a four year period.”
Judge Nirmal Shant QC sentenced Price to a three year community order, with supervision, and a community sex offenders group work programme. He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for five years.