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Devon man jailed for playing child abuse video game

A retired civil servant from Devon has been jailed for eight months for playing an online video game which showed cartoon images of child abuse.

David Arscott, 59, was also found to have 19,000 sexual images of girls on his computer, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Arscott, of Upper Crooked Meadow, Okehampton, admitted 10 charges related to indecent images.

Judge Phillip Wassall told the former environmental health officer that he saw "children as sex objects".

Arscott admitted three offences of making and one of possessing child pornography, three of possessing prohibited images and three of possessing extreme adult pornography.

He was arrested by police on 9 March.

'An obsession'

Howard Phillips, prosecuting, said police found a Japanese movie on his computer that contained cartoon images of child abuse.

Arscott told police he had tried to stay within the law and did not realise that cartoon images were illegal.

Judge Wassall told Arscott: "The possession of all this material indicates a clear interest in child sexuality."

Mr Nigel Wraith, defending, said: "This became somewhat addictive for him. It became something of an obsession to him.

"He is a retired man with adult children and has never been in trouble before."

Arscott was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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