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Three years probation for serial sex offender who had child porn on DVD

By Ashleigh McDonald

A 42-year old man who copied indecent images of children on to blank DVDs was yesterday placed on three years probation and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Peter Gibson (42), of no fixed abode, admitted six counts of possessing pornographic images of child at Belfast Crown Court.

Police called at his home on April 29, 2013 as part of an ongoing assessment of his management and not as a result of any suspicious activity.

Gibson, who at the time was the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), made a comment which roused suspicions.

Officers searched his home and a number of items, including two DVDs which contained indecent images of children, were seized.

The court heard Gibson had recorded the images onto blank DVDs, which contained 13 images and a video.

He has been in jail since his arrest and has spent 14 months in custody.

Judge Paul Ramsey placed Gibson on probation for three years. Gibson was also made the subject of another five-year SOPO, which includes banning him from coming into contact with children.

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