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Man accessed porn at help centre

PUBLISHED: 07:53 13 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 22 October 2010

A pervert downloaded child porn from the internet using a computer while he was at a Norfolk centre to help ex-offenders, a court heard yesterday.police were contacted about the matter.

A pervert downloaded child porn from the internet using a computer while he was at a Norfolk centre to help ex-offenders, a court heard yesterday.

Carl Gardner, 26, was discovered accessing child porn using a computer at ACRO, an independent Norfolk charity helping to resettle offenders in the community, and police were contacted about the matter. Lori Tucker prosecuting said a search was made of his home and it was discovered he had printed out 20 images.

Gardner already had a previous conviction for child porn after he downloaded photographs of naked boys on a computer at the Millennium Library, in Norwich.

He used a false name to gain membership of the library, based at the Forum and was discovered after a member of staff became suspicious and checked the terminal he had been using.

Gardner, of Coleburn Road, Lakenham, Norwich, admitted six counts of making indecent images and a charge of possessing child porn in August last year.

He also admitted obtaining services by deception after he gave false

names for phone lines to his home

on which he ran up premium rate

calls to enter competitions.

John Morgans mitigating said that the offences had been a “cry for help”.

He said although he was punished for the last offence of downloading child porn he had not received any help.

Mr Morgans said: “There are now good signs that he is responding well to receiving help.”

Judge Peter Jacobs ordered that Gardner go on a three-year community punishment order under which he must attend a sex offender treatment programme.

Gardner, who is already on the sex offenders register, was also given a two-year conditional discharge.

Judge Jacobs warned him it was a final chance and said that if he re-offended again he said he would go to prison.

“You have got your chance. I don't expect to see you again.”


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