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Indecent images of children found on Paul Ottaway's phone
12:01pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
INDECENT pictures of children were discovered on a mobile phone after a man made improper suggestions to two girls.
Grandfather Paul Ottaway was in a public park when he made sick remarks to two 12-year-olds, a court heard.
Police investigating the public order offence found the 64-year-old had 31 indecent images of children on his mobile phone, the court was told.
Tom Wright, prosecuting, said the images came from a sex text messaging service.
Ottaway, of Lime Kiln Lane, Holbury, admitted 11 counts of possessing indecent images of children.
Megan Topliss, mitigating, said Ottaway had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to the offences, which largely happened between June and August last year, and that Ottaway had volunteered the information to police about the images on the phone and was ashamed of what he had done.
She told Portsmouth Crown Court that Ottaway, a former salesman, was not computer literate and there was no suggestion that he had ever tried to show anyone else the images or distribute them.
Ottaway was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order, £200 costs, 35 sessions on the sex offender treatment programme, seven years on the sex offenders’ register and was banned from working with children.