A STAFFORD grandfather who downloaded child porn from the internet refused to comply with tough new sanctions on sex offenders, a court heard.
Pensioner Thomas Eaton claimed the regulations imposed last year by the Government were a retrospective punishment which breached his human rights.
He put his case before a jury at Stafford Crown Court, but was found guilty of failing to comply with an order requiring him to register as a sex offender.
Eaton, aged 66, of Peter James Court, Stafford was sentenced in May 2011 to a three year community order and ordered to register as a sex offender for five years after admitting five charges of making indecent images of chil- dren.
The court heard then that Eaton became “addicted” to downloading child porn from the internet. Police found traces of almost 29,000 indecent images of children on his computer.
In August last year the Government made the registration of sex offenders rules much stricter, requiring them, among other things, to give details of their bank accounts, credit cards, passports and foreign travel details.
Eaton refused to comply with the requirements and denied the offence on what Judge Simon Tonking called “an intellectual argument”.
The judge said he had warned Eaton that his case had no merit, the jury hadn’t accepted Eaton’s point of law and the Administrative Court in Birmingham headed by Lord Justice Thomas had ruled in a similar case that it was “rubbish”.
“I honestly thought I had a point. I have been persuaded I didn’t,” said Eaton, who told the judge he was now complying with the new require- ments.
“You were misguided and to your credit you realise this and you have taken this as far as you can,” replied Judge Tonking, who ordered Eaton to do 100 hours unpaid community work and pay £750 costs.