AN elderly man who downloaded and distributed appalling indecent images of children, has been jailed for 21 months.
A judge at Liverpool Crown Court told Lawrence Plover, pictured left, that the images were revolting and some involved children under five years old engaged in bestiality.
When police raided Plover’s home he was found trying to hide a hard drive in the ornamental coals of a fire.
Police seized the hard drive along with two laptops and pen drives during the raid.
He was “nervous, sweating and shaking,” said Harry Pepper, prosecuting.
When the items were analysed he was found to have amassed 10,886 obscene photographs and videos, some in the most serious categories including young girls being violently raped.
Seventy-two-year-old Plover, of Warrington Road, Leigh, had also distributed obscene videos and photographs via a file sharing website on 100 occasions, said Mr Pepper.
Plover admitted a total of 25 offences, including possessing 42 extreme porn photographs and two such videos.
He denied having a sexual interest in children but Judge Robert Warnock did not accept that the offences resulted from a “collection compulsion.”
Plover pleaded guilty to 16 offences of making indecent images, six of distribution, one of possessing 10,870 such images and two of possessing extreme porn.
The offences occurred between September 2005 and August last year.
The judge ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years, made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for five years banning him from owning a computer or being alone with under 16-year-olds and confiscated all his computer equipment.
Steven Swift, defending, told Liverpool Crown Court that Plover had no previous convictions and had pleaded guilty to his offending behaviour.
He knew he had failed himself and his family and bitterly regrets his actions, he added.