Child porn 'addict' spared jail to care for mother

A Lincolnshire man who was addicted to child pornography has been spared jail so he can care for his ill mother.

When police seized Anthony Kerry's computer from his Hackthorn home, they found hundreds of images of abuse - some involving babies.

The 60-year-old pleaded guilty to pornography charges during an earlier hearing at Lincoln Crown Court.

On Friday, he was given a three-year community order and placed on the sex offenders register for five years.

The court heard Kerry, of Main Street, was a respected member of the community who at one time had been chairman of the village hall committee, and who was "devoted" to his 85-year-old mother.

'Like a drug'

After confiscating his computer during a raid at his home in January 2010, police found pictures of babies as young as three months being abused.

Other images and video clips showed older children suffering sex attacks at the hands of adults.

Kerry confessed that he was addicted and described pornography as "like a drug for him", the court was told.

He admitted 13 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child between 1 October 2008 and 11 January 2009, and two charges of possessing 830 indecent photographs of children.

In addition to his community order, he was told to attend a sex offenders' rehabilitation programme and to pay £1,200 towards prosecution costs.

Judge Michael Heath told Kerry that the only reason he was not going to prison was because he was his mother's main carer.

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