Devon

Businessman admits possessing child abuse images

A businessman found with images of child abuse on his computer said he watched pornography because of a medical condition.

Paul Samuel, 56, of Monkton, was traced by investigators monitoring a website which showed child abuse.

At Exeter Crown Court, Samuel admitted seven counts of possessing or making indecent images.

He was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay £450 costs.

Judge Francis Gilbert told him: "You have pleaded guilty to serious offences of making indecent images of children, the nature of which I will not describe in public.

"What you did demonstrated extreme depravity on your part and the explanation you gave about a medical condition is simply not acceptable."

Prosecutor Janice Eagles said in addition to more than 400 images of naked children police found 51 pictures showing children suffering serious abuse by adults.

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