Bored Plymouth Naval Base worker downloaded child abuse pictures
A MINISTRY of Defence worker downloaded child pornography from the internet when he was bored at work, a court heard.
But Graham Elliott, aged 53, was caught by security experts at Devonport Naval Base who monitor the network for cybercrime, Plymouth Crown Court was told.
Ministry of Defence police found 446 indecent images of children on his work laptop and his home computer, plus ten extreme images of adult pornography.
Elliott has since lost his job at the naval base, the court heard.
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Recorder Francis Abbott said: "It is not a good idea to say you were bored at work when you downloaded the images at work and took them home."
Elliott, of Victoria Street, Torpoint, admitted three charges of possessing and two of making indecent images of children in March and April.
He also admitted one count of possessing extreme pornography.
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The MOD has computer experts deployed to ensure that the networks are safe from cybercrime."
He said they became concerned about Elliott's internet access from his work computer.
Mr Verheijen said: "He immediately admitted accessing inappropriate sites from his work computer and said he was bored."
The court heard officers found 439 Level 1 images, three Level 2 images, one at Level 3 and three at Level 4. Level 1 is the least serious and Level 5 is the most depraved.
Ali Rafati, for Elliott, said he admitted the offences even before the computers were forensically examined.
He told officers he was the only one who had access to the laptop.
Mr Rafati said he had no previous convictions and had lost his job at the naval base.
Recorder Abbott sentenced him to a two-year community order with a course to treat internet sex offences.
He was also handed a sexual offences prevention order for five years which bans him from working with children for five years and must sign the sex offender register for the same period.