Cornwall

St Agnes surf man downloaded indecent child images

The former chairman of a Cornish surf life saving club who downloaded over 1,000 indecent images of children has received a three-year community order.

Graham Acheson, 55, was a member and former chair of the club in St Agnes.

Truro Crown Court heard that Acheson had no desire to contact any boys and did not consider himself a risk.

Acheson, from Castle Meadows, St Agnes, had pleaded guilty last month to 19 charges of making and possessing indecent images of children.

'Fantasy world'

Philip Lee, prosecuting, said that police officers had visited Acheson's home after he had visited a website and posted comments which showed he had a keen sexual interest in boys aged 10-14-years-old.

The court heard that Acheson believed he was not a risk to children as his fantasy world was not connected to his real life.

Judge Christopher Elwen told him the images he downloaded between February 2007 and October 2010 revealed horrific exploitation of children.

Acheson was given a three-year community order and a sexual offences prevention order meaning he will be added to the sex offenders register for five years.

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