Gary Charters jailed for downloading child abuse images

Laganside courts, Belfast Charters began to cry as he was placed in handcuffs in the dock of Belfast Crown Court

A County Antrim man who was convicted of downloading photographs and films of children being sexually abused has been sent to prison for three months.

Gary Charters was found guilty of six counts of making indecent images of children between 14 January and 22 April 2008.

The 25-year-old, from Thomas Street in Carrickfergus, wept in the dock of Belfast Crown Court as he was jailed.

He must also sign the sex offenders register for the next seven years.

At his trial last month, the jury who convicted him heard that when police were investigating alleged frauds, they raided and seized a defunct computer.

When the computer was examined, officers found 21 still images and four movie files depicting the abuse of children.

The judge also put in place a seven-year Sexual Offences Prevention order, barring Charters from owning or accessing any internet device without monitoring software being installed.

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