Grantham

Man avoids jail after downloading child abuse images

A man from Grantham has been given a two year community order after admitting to having child pornography on his computer.

Officers raided the Grantham home of Martyn Beeson in October 2018 after receiving information about his internet activity.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that Beeson claimed he had no idea what the police were talking about and denied any knowledge of child pornography.

But checks carried out on one of the devices found at his home revealed a total of 33 indecent images of children had been downloaded including 15 assessed as being in the most serious category.

Mr Howes said the images featured girls as young as five years old being sexually abused.

“The defendant was arrested and interviewed in March 2019. He still denied the offences and said he knew nothing about them.”

The court was told that Beeson has no previous convictions or cautions.

Despite his earlier denials, Beeson, 41, of Victoria Street, Grantham, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children over a four week period between August and September 2018.

He was given a two year community order with 50 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He was also given a five year sexual harm prevention order and has to pay £400 towards prosecution costs.

Mark Watson, in mitigation, said that Beeson suffers from muscular dystrophy and receives both PIPs and employment & support allowance.

“There is no suggestion of any contact offending.

“The probation service say they can work with this man in a positive way.”

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