Ilkeston man guilty of downloading child porn

Derby Crown Court

Derby Crown Court

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An Ilkeston paedophile downloaded 14,000 indecent images of children, a court has heard.

Benjamin Mortley-Green was already on a sex offenders order for similar offences when he downloaded and shared the images and videos, Derby Crown Court heard on Monday.

Mortley-Green, 36, of Rutland Street, pleaded guilty to a total of nine charges on February 4, of making and distributing indecent images. These ranged from category A to C, A being the most extreme. When police searched his home they found equipment including laptops, hard drives and an iPad containing 11,000 images and 11 category A movies. These were mostly of boys aged eight to 13.

Prosecuting, Jonathan Dee, said: “There were just under 1,500 category A images. His iPad contained 165 images but showed the images had been shared on aps such as Whatsap. An iPhone showed images had been shared on Whatsap and Kik messenger, and a Dropbox account was password protected.

“The defendant was interviewed and accepted the items were his but said he had ‘batch downloaded’ the images and had not looked at them all, but there was a suggestion that they had been done over a long period of time.

“There are a number of aggravating factors in this case; previous convictions, the fact he is on licence, the fact it contains a significant number of moving images the fact he continued to conceal evidence.”

When Mortley-Green was released from prison in April 2013 he maintained, in meetings with his probation worker, that the only media device he had was his mum’s laptop.

However, in the meetings he discussed involvement in inappropriate fantasy chat on the internet. He said he was in possession if indecent images. Police searched his home and discovered a laptop with 11 category A movies, 76 category B movies and 35 category C movies. An external hard drive contained 11,000 images.

They also found a CD containing 103 images, 672 images that had been backed up but were not active, and 319 images on a thumb drive.

Mortley-Green was due to be sentenced by Judge Hilary Watson on Monday but the case was adjourned until March 4 after Mortley-Green’s defence barrister, Emma Hodgeson, gave the judge a psychiatric report on Mortley Green to consider.

The pervert was jailed in December 2011 for 32 months after sharing more than 1,000 images online. The judge told him it had taken over his life