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Community order for man with indecent images of the most serious level on computer

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A man has been given a three-year community order after police found 446 indecent images on his computer.

The majority of the images found by police on James Brittain's computer were extreme pictures of the most serious level, Shrewsbury Crown Court heard.

Brittain, 20, was ordered to complete a sexual offenders programme as part of his community order, and placed under a sexual offences prevention order for five years during sentencing yesterday.

Mr Phillip Bradley, prosecuting, said the images were discovered when police seized Brittain's laptop in June 2013 during investigations for allegations of which Brittain was cleared.

"The lion's share of the images were of an extreme nature, including of pre-pubescent girls and of bestiality," he said.

There were 14 images at level 1, 18 at level 3, six at level 4, and 408 at level 5, the most serious level.

Mr Bradley said Brittain had initially denied the charges, saying the images must have been put into his laptop by a virus.

Brittain, of Tern Way in Wellington, Telford, admitted the charges on January 5 this year.

Mr Paul Smith, for Brittain, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had expressed a willingness to change through "therapeutic input" to reduce the risk of future offending.

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