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62-year-old Gravesend man jailed for possession of three days' worth of child abuse films

PUBLISHED: 15:05 30 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:18 30 June 2014

John Appleton

John Appleton

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A 62-year-old man has been jailed for a string of offences including possession of child abuse films with a running time of almost three days.

John Appleton, from Gravesend, was imprisoned for three years at Maidstone Crown Court on June 16.

He was caught by Kent Police after officers noticed a computer with his internet protocol address had been accessing indecent images of children.

After a warrant was issued for Appleton’s arrest in Mike Spring Court in December, officers found a laptop hidden behind a sofa and several flash drives.

A digital forensic analyst examined the items and recovered 386 clips of children at all levels of seriousness.

This included 210 minutes’ worth of clips at Level 5 - which the law deems the most serious.

Appleton was charged with 10 counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of breaking the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order from offences committed in 2006 and 2011.

Investigating officer, Det Con Jon Baker, of the Kent Police child exploitation investigation team, said: “In interview, John Appleton claimed he had no sexual interest in children but was compelled to search for and download these images.

“This is unacceptable. Each indecent image contains a victim and there is never any excuse to view or download indecent images of children.”

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