A BUSINESSMAN who viewed indecent images of children on his laptop was lonely and depressed, a court heard.
Richard Loveman, of Seaside, was visited by a public protection officer at his home address and they asked to look at his laptop.
The computer’s history showed the 64-year-old had been viewing indecent images of children.
There were 201 images of females aged eight to 15-years-old graded at Level 1, which is erotic posing involving no sexual activity.
Loveman initially pleaded not guilty to five charges of making an indecent photo/pseudo-photo of a child but changed his plea to guilty at a hearing on Wednesday July 27.
Helen Wallace, defending, said her client had initially pleaded not guilty to the offence but had changed his plea after all the images were viewed and established what criteria was featured.
She said the images had been viewed briefly and for his personal use, adding they had not been downloaded.
Ms Wallace continued, “There are images that show poses of a sexual nature but no nudity.
“To his credit he is making enquiries with his GP to refer himself for counselling to get to the bottom of the issues, effectively the problem was loneliness.
“At the time he had split up with his partner. Happily in the last few months he has had a new partner.
“In essence he believes the reason why he fell in the trap of viewing these things was depression.”
The case was adjourned until August 10 for reports, keeping all options open.
He received unconditional bail.