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Mother’s shocked over porn images

Northern Ireland's number one agony aunt Fiona Hurley answers your problems

Dear Fiona, About a year after my divorce, I met a fantastic man and our relationship developed quickly. He moved in, my children love him and he treats them like his own.

However, it was niggling me that he spends hours on the Internet so recently I sneaked up behind him, expecting to see photos of naked women. Instead there were sickening photos of children doing sexual stuff that will be in my head forever.

I grabbed the laptop and ran into the bathroom and went through the history and he was going mental, trying to kick the door in. There were masses of images of children and I threw up in the toilet but he swears they just popped up.

I want to believe him but what should I do?

Distraught Mother

Dear Distraught Mother,

Your children’s safety is your priority so you know what you have to do - and immediately.

Ask him to leave and report these findings to the police. A ‘fantastic‘ man wouldn’t be able to stomach the thought that child pornography exists, never mind actively view it.

He has committed an offence, he’s indirectly contributing to the despicable abuse of innocent children and so he must be held accountable.

Users actively seek out these sites and they usually have advanced skills and knowledge of where to find them so it’s unlikely that he stumbled across them or they just popped up, especially considering the amount of images you uncovered.

The Internet encourages people to express their hidden thoughts and desires in the safety of their own homes so I’d be extremely concerned. We don’t know what transforms someone from a child pornography viewer to a child abuser.

Please protect your children, and other vulnerable children by alerting the police and letting them decide whether his viewing was accidental.

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