A 55-year-old man charged with four counts of making an indecent photo of a child and four counts of possession of extreme pornography has been spared jail.
William Townend, of Walton Street, was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years, by Judge Beverley Lunt. He was also asked to take part in the internet sex offenders’ treatment programme.
Burnley Crown Court heard how solitude had been “a catalyst” for his behaviour, and how he had been left “ashamed and disgusted at the images he had on his computer”.
Townend had been caught after he sent a naked picture of himself to a young woman.
Police were called and Towend’s computer was examined.
The extreme pornographic images were said to not include children.
They did, however, portray sexual activity with an animal. There were 173 images and 35 video clips found.
Townend, who has osteoarthritis, was also given a two year supervision order.
Passing sentence, Judge Lunt said: “You were in possession of a large amount of absolutely disgusting extreme pornographic images.”