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Friday, 19 September 2014

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'Someone else did it' says Cumbrian man accused of downloading child porn

A man accused of a number of sex crimes has denied downloading nearly 3,800 pornographic images.

Related: Jury sent home after defendant hurt in Carlisle court fall

Carlisle Crown Court heard that police found thousands of indecent images on the computer of Joseph Moody, 57.

Last week, the trial was adjourned after Moody, of Scotch Street, Whitehaven, was injured falling at court.

His injuries meant he could not give evidence but the jury were read transcripts of a series of police interviews that took place after his arrest in October last year.

A number of computers belonging to Moody were searched and 3,793 indecent images were found ranging from level one to level five, the highest severity. Many featured children, with others involving animals.

Moody was shown the pictures and asked to explain how they came to be on his computer. He denied downloading them, saying it must have been someone else.

He said: “I know what little girls look like and I have no interest in them sexually. I have never seen it before in my life and I never want to. I don’t know who used my computer to download that but I certainly haven’t.”

Moody has denied one charge of sexual assault, seven counts of sexual activity with a child, 21 charges of downloading pornographic images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image. He will return to court today to give evidence.

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