Cabbie had sickening child porn collection

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A TAXI driver was found to have downloaded more than 22,000 child porn images, a court heard.

When police raided John Prescott’s home following intelligence from the Canadian authorities he said he had “naturist” films but denied having indecent images of children.

If you breach the order I will put you straight in custody

Judge Robert Warnock

However after his computer equipment was seized that day, June 6 last year, analysis revealed a total of 22,534 indecent photographs plus a further 93 indecent videos in all three categories of seriousness.

The 58-year-old Hackney carriage driver, who lives with his elderly mother, was re-interviewed and admitting downloading the perverted images over the previous six or seven years.

“He maintained it began as an interest in naturism but progressed to viewing sexual acts with children. He said he knew it was only a matter of time before the police would discover this matter,” said Henry Riding, prosecuting.

“Prescott said he had not used a computer since his arrest and apologised,” he added.

Prescott, of Worcester Avenue, Hindley, pleaded guilty to 15 specimen offences of making indecent images and one of possessing them.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Prescott had been a taxi driver for 11 years but has had his licence revoked since the offences came to light.

Imposing a community sentence, including attendance on an intensive sex offenders course, Judge Robert Warnock warned him if he breached the order he will jail him.

“I see there is a suggestion in the probation report you might not have the motivation to comply. If you breach the order I will put you straight in custody,” he said and pointed out that if he had been convicted after a trial he would have jailed him for 12 months.

The judge explained he was not jailing him because “My prime concern is the welfare of others. The sentence I pass is best for society in general.”

As well as the three year community order including attendance on the Northumbria Group Sex Offenders Programme he ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.