A computer expert and former Hackney Borough councillor jailed for four months last year after downloading child porn from the internet, including images of babies, now faces a much longer spell for doing the same again after his release.
Forty year old Paul Thomas, who has a conviction for child abuse, is also in trouble for concealing his prison record in order to get website jobs after his release.
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Thomas, from Stoke Newington, was sent for sentencing to the Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court after District Judge Rosemary Keating said the Horseferry Road magistrates' court had "insufficient power to deal with this kind of case".
The charges he faced related to in excess of 2,000 images of babies aged as young as nine months, and children up to sixteen years of age, mostly girls.
Thomas pleaded guilty in June to seven charges of "making" photographs of children under the age of 16. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining employment as a computer systems manager by deception, firstly with FT.Com and later with Cloudland.Com, having concealed his prison record.
Thomas was arrested after detectives from New Scotland Yard's Paedophilia Unit searched his home in June and found the child porn on his computer. He did not apply for bail.