A Worthing man has received a four-year prison sentence for offences relating to more than 300,000 indecent images of children, according to Sussex Police.
Geoffrey Hollington 67, of Heene Terrace, Worthing, had already been given a suspended sentence two years ago for similar offences, a police statement said.
This case sends a further message to those who in effect perpetuate this abuse by viewing such appalling imagesDetective Constable Kenny Stark
On April 24, 2014, at Brighton Crown Court, police said Hollington had been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to nine offences of making indecent images of children, one offence of possessing indecent images of children with intent to distribute them, and one offence of possessing extreme images.
Police said that Hollington appeared at Chichester Crown Court on Friday and was sentenced to a total of four years, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to breach of the suspended sentence, to breach of a Sexual Offence Prevention Order also imposed in 2014, and to possession of indecent images of children, more than 200 of which were in the most serious category.
Hollington was served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order severely restricting his access to children and computers, and was also ordered to attend a sex offenders treatment programme, police added.
He will also be registered as a sex offender ten years on his release from prison.
The sentences followed an intelligence-led investigation by officers from the Sussex Police Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT).
There was no evidence of any ‘contact’ offending and no evidence that any of the images were of local children, a police spokesperson said.
Detective Constable Kenny Stark of POLIT said: “Hollington had already been convicted and had been given one chance by the courts, but did not stop his on-line activity. However we detected this and were soon able to arrest him again.
“This case sends a further message to those who in effect perpetuate this abuse by viewing such appalling images, that they never know when we will knock on their door and bring them before the courts, and that repeat offenders like Hollington can be tracked down too.”
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