A KENDAL man who accessed indecent pictures of children, including one showing a baby, has been spared an immediate jail term.
Brian Beagan’s own barrister described his criminal conduct as “disgraceful” and “reprehensible” when the matter came before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court today (WED).
Beagan, 46, appeared for sentence having entered guilty pleas to three counts of making – and one of possessing – indecent images of a child.
The court was told Beagan viewed the sordid material on a family laptop before deleting the photos.
However, police who seized his computer in June last year recovered 46 illegal images. Five were classed as category A – the most serious – and one featured a six-month-old child.
Judge Peter Davies heard Beagan, of Langdale Crescent, Kendal, was a man of previous good character who had sought help to address his criminal behaviour.
As a result, Judge Davies suspended an eight-month prison sentence for two years, and ordered Beagan to undergo supervision.
Beagan must also sign the sex offenders’ register and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order – for 10 years in each case.
Detective Constable Libby Kemp said: “The case should act as a deterrent to those who believe that they can view indecent images of children. Cumbria Police will prosecute those who exploit children by engaging in this sort of behaviour.
“If anyone has any suspicions of any sort of exploitation, please contact us so we can investigate.”