A NEWMARKET man, who searched the internet for child porn, then downloaded indecent images of children after using specific phrases to locate them, has escaped a jail term.
Oliver Cambridge, 34, of Churchill Court, Rowley Drive, a delivery driver for Tesco, pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children and an offence of distributing an indecent image of the child.
Sentencing him at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday, Judge Neil McKittrick told Cambridge that while the offences he had admitted were "detestable", a prison term was not considered necessary in his case.
Judge McKittrick said that the offences had been committed in 2004 and Cambridge now had a two-year-old child and that his partner, with whom he has a long-term stable relationship, was expecting another child in the immediate future.
Instead of being jailed, Cambridge was made the subject of a three-year community rehabilitation order. He will remain under probation service supervision during that time and have to take part in a sexual offenders' programme.
He will also go on the sex offenders' register for five years and was made the subject of a sexual offences' prevention order restricting his use of the internet. He must also pay 460 towards prosecution costs.
The court was told that police had discovered 22 indecent child images on Cambridge's computer.
On a scale of one to five, with five being the most serious, 12 were at level one, six at level two, two at level three and two at level four.
One of the level three images had been distributed by the defendant to someone else.
Mitigating, David Cason said that after the images were found, Cambridge had co-operated fully with the police and regretted his actions.
Judge McKittrick told Cambridge: "In some perverted way you have had a taste for these sort of images.
"You actively went on the internet and typed in a number of phrases specifically to solicit this material."