Ferndown paedophile handed community order

A man who was in possession of indecent images of children has been given a three-year community order.

Christopher O’Donoghue, 75 and of Ferndown, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 18 September 2015 to six counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He was handed the sentence on Thursday 1 October 2015 at the same court. He has also been put on the Sex Offenders Register for three years.

O’Donoghue was arrested at his home in Ferndown on Wednesday 3 December 2014 after he had purchased DVDs over the internet containing indecent material of children, which were sent to his home address.

Officers seized a memory card from his home holding indecent images of young boys. Two images were classed as category B and 328 images classed as category C.

He was charged with the offences on Friday 6 February 2015.

Detective Constable Paul Chessell, of Dorset Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team, said: “Dorset Police will actively investigate anyone involved in downloading or producing indecent images of children.

“We will track you, we will arrest you and you will be brought to justice.

“I also urge those abusing children to seek professional help from either their GP or another professional organisation such as Stop it Now! of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

“Targeting criminals in cyber space and safeguarding children from serious harm remains a priority for Dorset Police.”

The Paedophile Online Investigation Team can be contacted on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

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Issued: 5 October 2015

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