Chorlton Man Sentenced For Child Porn Charges

6 September 2011, 16:07

A man has been sentenced for possessing indecent images and extreme pornography in Salford.

28 year old Dominic Bowkett formerly of Chorlton - was sentenced to 10 months suspended for two years at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square. He was ordered to sign Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years.

He was found guilty of 22 counts of making and possessing indecent images of children and four charges of possessing extreme pornography following a trial in June.

In January 2010, Bowkett drove past two girls who were walking home from school, did a u-turn and drove back past them.

One of the girls was concerned about Bowkett's behaviour so wrote down the registration number of his car on her hand and told her mother when she got home.

As a result of the girl writing the registration number of the back of her hand, police were informed through the girls' school.

Bowkett was arrested straight away and officers seized his computer, laptop and mobile phone.

The computers were analysed by experts, the computer contained 189 indecent images of children and his mobile phone contained 162 indecent images of children.

Detective Constable Joseph Ghigi, based at Salford CID, said:

'This is not a victimless crime as each indecent image represents a picture a child that has been abused in order so that image can exist.

'Those who access and download indecent images are just as responsible as those abusing the children - so by ensuring that someone like Bowkett is put in front of a court we are tackling the wider problem of child abuse.

'Particular praise must go to the girl who thought quickly enough to write his registration number down - thanks to her we have been to see that Bowkett faces justice.'

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