Paedo claimed child abuse pics were download in error trying to watch Thor film

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A pervert told a court he accidentally ended up with child abuse images on his computer as a result of trying to download a Marvel film.

Christopher Dyne claimed the vile content wound up there by mistake after police went to his home in August 2018 and found dozens of indecent pictures and videos on his hard drive.

The software worker from Killingworth in North Tyneside said he'd been attempting to stream the 2011 movie Thor, but a jury at Newcastle Crown Court this week rejected his account..

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Officers who attended his address with a search warrant seized various devices, including three hard drives containing abuse images of children – there was also evidence he had used search terms associated with such material.

In total, there were 85 of the most serious category A images, 16 category B and seven category C.

Elizabeth Muir, prosecuting, said: "He claimed any images must have appeared accidentally during the download of a film, Thor. He said he had accessed them and said he deleted them. He said he considered contacting police but didn't."

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She then poured doubt on his explanation, also adding that "here was no evidence of the film Thor having been downloaded at any time."

Dyne also said he had cloned hard drives, which is why the images were on more than one, but he couldn't explain why one of them had additional material on it.

The 40-year-old, who has no previous convictions, was found guilty of eight offences of making indecent images of children and was sentenced to 18 months, suspended for 18 months, with 140 hours unpaid work.

He must also sign the sex offenders register and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

Tony Cornberg, defending, said: "A dozen or more people have submitted testimonials about what he is really like. He has always been a man of good character and in employment.

"Since his conviction he has lost his job and has become, in his words, a financial burden on his mother and someone who feels worthless.

"The police displayed his conviction on their Facebook page shortly afterwards and it's caused him a great deal of shame. Being named and shamed is a form of punishment in society.

"He is utterly terrified and has genuinely suffered during the period since his conviction."

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