Pervert continued to view indecent images of children

Jail sentence: Michael Eastwood had a hard drive containing indecent images of children
Jail sentence: Michael Eastwood had a hard drive containing indecent images of children

A man who viewed indecent images of children and extreme pornography, while on supervision for similar offences, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

A judge at Preston Crown court said Michael Eastwood had shown a flagrant disregard for court orders and made little or no serious attempt to rehabilitate himself following an earlier sentence.

Judge Michael Byrne also referred to a probation report on the 58-year-old which suggested there was an increased risk of him going on to commit contact offences against children.

Officers from the Dangerous and Sexual Offenders Unit paid a monitoring visit to his home in October last year and this led to the seizure of a hard drive which had been missed during a search when he was originally prosecuted in 2012.

When checked, the device contained indecent images of children, plus extreme pornographic material.

There were more than 50indecent images of children, nearly half of them of the most serious category.

Eastwood had managed to keep the nature of his earlier offending secret from his family – and asked the officer to pretend he was from the fraud unit, rather than the sex offenders monitoring unit.

Eastwood, of Harrow Avenue, Fleetwood had admitted ten offences of possessing extreme pornography and indecent images, plus another two of failing to comply with requirements following his previous conviction.

Back in October 2012 he was placed on a community order, involving three years supervision, for offences including possessing indecent images of children and also extreme pornography, as well as making indecent images.

During the latest visit in October last year, Eastwood was seen trying to hide an external hard drive.

When that was checked, it was shown to contain indecent images of children as well as extreme pornography.

There were more than 50 images of each type and some of them were films.

He told police: “It’s the same stuff I was convicted of last time”.

His barrister Ciaran Rankin had described the home as something of an “Aladdins Cave” with many technical devices and said it wasn’t surprising that police had earlier missed the hard drive.

He said it wasn’t a situation of him revisiting old sites. He had had been reviewing what he had already been sentenced for.

In passing sentence, Judge Michael Byrne referred to a probation report which spoke of an increased risk of Eastwood going on to commit contact offences against children.

He also said “All the offences demonstrate, not just a flagrant disregard for the orders of the court, but they also demonstrate he has made little or no serious attempt at rehabilitation following sentence in the last case.

“I accept it wasn’t new material in the present case and that a hard drive had not been discovered by the police during the previous search.

“There must be a custodial sentence”.