A Hartlepool man has descended into viewing child abuse images after his father’s death

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Nathan Foster, 20, engaged in explicit online conversations and recorded a number of illegal images which he stored in a file titled For My Eyes Only heard by Teesside Crown Court.

The court was told his behavior was triggered following the death of his father aged just 44 in March 2020.

Based on the information received, the police visited his home in February this year.

Teesside Crown Court.

His mother, who was present, said, “You didn’t watch the kids, did you, your son?” Prosecutor Emma Atkinson said.

Foster said he “just clicked on some links” sent to him.

His internet history revealed that he had accessed child abuse images from a particular website.

He had also visited another that featured videos of bestiality.

Foster admitted three counts of making indecent images of children relating to 33 images including nine in the most serious category.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornography.

Mitigating Martin Scarborough said the death of Foster’s father had had a “significant impact”, adding that he felt shame and remorse.

Judge Howard Crowson told Foster, of Norfolk Place, Hartlepool: ‘It seems like people were encouraging you to see it, but you seem to have enjoyed it, which is worrying.’

But he said he was persuaded to walk away from a prison sentence because of his personal attenuation, previous good character and age.

Foster received an 18-month community prescription with rehabilitation.

He has also been given a five-year sexual abuse prevention order to monitor his internet use and will be placed on the sex offender registry for the same amount of time.

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