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Former Suffolk law lecturer denies downloading child porn

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 September 2015

Julian Myerscough appears at Ipswich Crown Court.

Julian Myerscough appears at Ipswich Crown Court.

A former Suffolk law lecturer has denied downloading child porn and going to "extraordinary lengths" to hide what he was doing.

Giving evidence during his trial at Ipswich Crown Court Julian Myerscough, who lectured in criminal law at UEA, accepted he was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010 after a trial of five offences of making and possessing indecent images of children and cleared of 15 other offences.

However, he denied that he was responsible for indecent images films of children found on three items of computer equipment seized by police in September 2013 from his former home in Lowestoft and his mother’s home in Bolton.

He admitted installing software to delete sensitive information connected with legal work he was doing but denied using it to hide his internet activity.

He denied a suggestion from prosecution counsel Marc Brown that he got a sexual thrill out of watching young children being abused and that he had gone to “extraordinary lengths” to hide what he was doing.

He also denied that he was a individual who “wouldn’t be told by the courts what he mustn’t do” and that despite his best efforts and knowledge of computer software he hadn’t been able to hide all traces of what he had been doing and that’s why he had been caught.

The court has heard that following his conviction in 2010 Myerscough was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) which banned him from having a computer or mobile phone that didn’t retain the internet history.

The order also banned him from attempting to delete the internet history on his computer equipment

The court heard the prohibitions were designed to enable Myerscough’s internet activity to be monitored to ensure he didn’t continue to obtain and view indecent images of children.

On September 26, 2013 police executed search warrants at Myerscough’s former address in Alexandra Road, Lowestoft and at his mother’s address in Bolton and seized a laptop computer, a computer tower and a USB memory stick.

When the equipment was inspected all three items were allegedly found to have indecent images of children, which were mainly in the form of videos.

Myerscough, 55, has denied three offences of breaching a sexual offences prevention order between December 17 2010 and September 26 2013 and 13 offences of making indecent images of children.

Mr Brown has alleged that because of his previous conviction Myerscough was “forensically aware” and had gone to “significant lengths” to conceal his internet history. “We say he used a number of techniques to hide what he had been doing,” said Mr Brown.

He said the jury would have to decide who put the indecent images of children on the computer equipment and if Myerscough had taken steps to breach the SOPO.

The trial continues today (Tuesday).

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