Great-grandfather downloaded child porn videos

Court news.
Court news.

A great-grandfather downloaded more than 30 videos featuring child pornography, Lincoln Crown Court has been told.

John Coffin was arrested after police received information that he was using a file sharing system.

Noel Philo, prosecuting, said that in August 2015 officers went to the home of Coffin at Frithville from where they seized computer equipment.

When the equipment was examined officers found a total of 47 indecent images of children of which 32 were videos.

Mr Philo said: “Mr Coffin said he was responsible. He admitted searching and looking at indecent images of children.

“He explained that he was looking at these images to try to find some reaction from his own body. He looked at them and then deleted them.”

Coffin,79, of West Fen Drainside, Frithville, admitted three charges of possession of indecent photographs of a child and a further four charges of making indecent photographs of a child.

Gemma Stokes, defending, said that Coffin, who has no previous convictions, had a prostate operation four years ago and had since started looking at pornograophy on the internet.

She said: “He began with adult pornography. He didn’t get a reaction. He tells me he has no intention ever of going on these sites again.”

Miss Stokes said that Coffin is in poor health and is the carer for his wife who suffers from a number of medical problems.

Coffin was given a three year community and ordered to attend for up to 40 days to complete a rehabilitation and activity requirement. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and was given a sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told him yesterday (Wednesday): “The only thing that prevents me from sending you immediately to custody is that you are the carer for your wife who has been unwell for 10 years.

“If you breach this order you will be back before me. There will be no mercy on the next occasion. Regardless of your own physical infirmities and those of your wife I shall lock you up.”