A FORMER teacher who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children has been jailed for 14 months.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how when police raided the home of 61-year-old Dewi Wyn Jones they seized his computer and analysis revealed the disgusting photos, many in the two most serious categories.
Jones gave up teaching after he was convicted and jailed for two and a half years for child sex offences in 1988.
Sentencing him Judge Alan Conrad, QC, said that although he had not re-offended since then until the child abuse offences came to light it was evident his “sexual interest in children” had remained.
He pointed out that the offences involve "real victims" because children are exploited by those who make the images.
Joanne Maxwell, prosecuting, said that that when Jones was interviewed by police he accepted “his curiosity over a three year period” and his “lack of sexual fulfilment which led him to view indecent images of children”.
He claimed invitations to access the images would pop up when he was looking at adult pornography but Miss Maxwell said that there were also links directly accessing the child images.
She added: “He now accepts that he has somewhat of an unhealthy curiosity in looking at indecent images of children.”
The court was told Jones would view the images at his home while his wife and daughter were not in the room.
Jones, of Dunlin Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, pleaded guilty to 12 charges of making indecent images and one of possessing such images.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that a total of 703 images were found in all categories of seriousness including 110 in the two most serious groups.
The offences took place between July 2009 and September 2012.
Tom Watson, defending, said that Jones accepted that the problem which led him into trouble in the 80s has not gone away but he is coming to terms with it.
He has largely been a house husband since losing his teaching career and is the primary carer for his father who is in his 90s.
The judge imposed a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his internet use and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.