A Northampton man confessed to his wife when officers arrested him for possessing indecent images of children at home.
Sixty-two-year-old Ivor Haycock of Steene Street, Northampton, pleaded guilty to three charges of having indecent images of children and was handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order on Tuesday.
He also pleaded guilty to charges of possession of prohibited images of children, and possession of extreme pornographic images of a human having sex with an animal.
Between November 7, 2015 and April 22, 2016, Haycock had 45 of the most serious category A, ten category B and 11 category C indecent images of children in his possession.
He also had an image depicting an “obscene or disgusting image of intercourse or act of oral sex on a animal”, as well as prohibited images of a child.
Haycock was said to be in an on-and-off marriage and has been living with his partner for 10 years.
The prosecution, Ben Gow, told how Haycock was arrested at his house on July 8 last year after police discovered he had downloaded the indecent images.
During his sentencing hearing yesterday, Northampton Crown Court, heard how he said to his wife: “I have been a very naughty boy.”
Haycock, who was previously married for 32 years and has one child, had placed the indecent images into the recycling bin folder on his computer thinking that they would subsequently be deleted.
Probation Officer Ms Witaker described how after an accident at his workplace, which involved Haycock being caught in a piece of machinery resulting in multiple cuts and bruises, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Following his diagnosis Haycock developed an obsession with pornography, the court heard.
His barrister said that, since his arrest, Haycock had understood the problems he has and he recognises what he had done was morally wrong.
He has taken steps to deal with his issues by joining a Sex Addict Anonymous group who hold regular meetings, and he has a sponsor as part of the programme with whom he speaks daily.
Mitigating for Haycock, Derek Johashen, said that his client had expressed his remorse and has been shamed by the ordeal.
Judge Rupert Mayo nonetheless described the offences as serious because the downloading and possession of the indecent images encourages further abuse of young children.
In recognition of the remorse shown by Haycock he was adjudged to be of medium risk of harm with a low risk of re-offending. Thanks in part to Haycock’s guilty pleas, Judge Mayo handed a five year sexual harm prevention order, a two year community order and he must attend 60 days of specific rehabilitation.