Cheshire child pornography user sentenced to two years

John Hamilton
Image caption Hamilton's activity on an internet forum was recorded by CEOP officers

A Cheshire man who was found with indecent images of children on his computer has been jailed for two years.

John Hamilton, 27, from Widnes, pleaded guilty at Warrington Crown Court to 17 charges relating to indecent photographs of children.

He was arrested in April 2010 after the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) monitored his activity on an internet forum.

The judge also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

'Dangerous man'

The 17 charges of possession, making and distributing indecent photographs of children were brought after Cheshire Police searched his home at Hamilton Ditton and found abusive images and video clips of children on his computer.

Speaking after the sentence, Det Con Derek Sheridan said: "We acted swiftly on information received from CEOP and that has resulted in a dangerous man being removed from the streets of Widnes.

"I hope this case shows that we take offences like this very seriously and will always seek to pursue a prosecution against anyone that thinks it is acceptable to exploit the sexualisation of children in this way."

Hamilton was also made a subject of a sex offender prevention order for 10 years, and banned from working with children for life.

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