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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Child porn images were downloaded by mistake, man tells court

A man downloaded hundreds of images of child pornography – some advertised as featuring children as young as three, a court has heard.

Nicky Horsfall, 31, claims to have downloaded the images accidentally while looking for pornography featuring adults.

But he is accused of knowingly searching for the material online – allegations he denies.

Horsfall, of Hillcrest, Northside, Workington, has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, told the court that police had found 395 images on child pornography on his computer. Of these, 24 were at levels four and five – the two most serious categories.

These were discovered after police seized the equipment on October 12.

Mr Evans said the filenames associated with these images featured descriptions of sexual acts, some referring to children.

Several filenames also included ages, one mentioned by Mr Evans included the phrase ‘3yo’ for three-years-old.

Mr Evans said: “The filenames do exactly what they say on the tin. You know exactly what you are getting.”

He added that there was also evidence contained on the computer that Horsfall had used internet search engines to look for child pornography.

“He knows full well what he is downloading because he was looking for it,” the barrister said.

A police interview Horsfall gave was read out to the jury of five women and seven men. He told officers: “I was just looking for bondage or cheerleaders or things like that.”

He also claimed the images had been downloaded accidentally while using adult pornography sites and that he had not know what one of the search terms meant, believing it may have been connected to the kinds of pornography which he enjoyed.

Horsfall denies nine charges of making indecent images of children.

The trial continues.

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