Man, 71, sentenced over indecent child images

A North Cotes man has been handed a community order after pleading guilty to making hundreds of indecent images of children.
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Ian Stuart Hamilton Nicholson, of Sea Lane, admitted the offence when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on November 13.

Nicholson indicated guilty pleas to two charges:

• Making 438 indecent images of children (Category C) on or around January 4, 2017.

• Making 11 indecent images of children (Category C) between December 24, 2016, and January 23, 2017.

In a legal context, ‘making’ such images can refer to opening, accessing, downloading, or storing online content.

Category C refers to ‘images of erotic posing’ and is considered to be the least severe category of indecent images.

Following Nicholson’s guilty plea, the court sentenced him to a community order, up to a maximum of 40 days, including a rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was also fined £583 and ordered to pay a further £170 in court costs and victim surcharges.

Nicholson must also register as a sex offender for a period of five years.

His guilty plea was taken into account by the court when imposing its sentence.