A THATCHAM man has been jailed for accessing a string of indecent images of children on the internet.
Michael Ross (formerly known as Michael Akehurst) was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to making indecent images of children and two counts of breaching a previous Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) at Reading Crown Court on Monday (November 14).
He was sentenced the same day.
Police were made aware of the 50-year-old's sordid online activity with officers from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team swooping on his Mill House address in October.
He received two years' imprisonment for receiving Category A indecent images (the most serious), 12 months’ for receiving Category B, and eight months' for receiving Category C images.
All the sentences will run concurrently.
He also received a further 12 months’ imprisonment for two breaches of the SOPO which he was subject to after being convicted of making indecent images and also inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity in 2009.
This sentence is to run consecutively giving a total of three years’ imprisonment plus a £170 surcharge.
Information was received by the Thames Valley Police Paedophile On Line Investigation Team (POLIT) that Michael Ross (Akehurst) was accessing indecent images of children.
He had also failed to notify police of his whereabouts if staying somewhere longer than seven days, thereby breaching the terms of the Sex offenders’ register.
He was living in Thatcham but was officially residing in London.
Ross was arrested on October 4 by officers from the POLIT attended his address and was charged the following day.
Investigating officer Det Con Sandra Tearney of the Paedophile Online Investigation Team, said: “I am pleased that Akehurst, or Ross as he now likes to be known, will no longer be able to carry out these offences and that he has received a custodial sentence for his crimes.
“This case should serve as a warning to anyone who is engaging in this kind of criminal behaviour whether they are accessing, making or distributing indecent images of children.
“We will find you and carry out warrants in order to make arrests and bring people to justice.”