Man blamed his dad(84) for porn

After child pornography was found on his home computers a Whitby man tried to blame his 84-year-old father.

Mark Saltmer (39) also claimed that hackers had invaded his systems, but on Monday (July 8) he appeared at York Crown Court for sentencing having admitted 12 offences of making pornographic images - both photographs and video clips - and one charge of doing an act likely to pervert the course of justice.

Acting on information, police raided the home of Stanley Saltmer in Beeching Mews, Whitby, on June 12, 2011, and removed computer equipment and other items from his son’s room.

Almost 200 child pornographic images, of all levels of seriousness, were recovered from the equipment, including some depicting females aged two, five and seven years.

After alleging that his computers had been the target of hacking by others, Saltmer then persuaded his elderly father to write a letter to the police claiming to have been responsible for downloading and viewing the images.

However, it was apparent from terminology used in the letter they were not the father’s words, but more likely to be by his son, who holds both an HNC and HND in computing.

Describing Saltmer, who has since moved to Kingfisher Drive, Whitby, as having had “a morbid curiosity” about the pornography following alleged abuse at an early age, Mathew Dobkin, mitigating, said that his client had attempted to take his own life.

The court heard that in March this year Saltmer, who also has a history of self-harming, was stopped from cutting his own throat with a knife.

Saltmer, who has been referred to counselling, was said to have lost his job as a cleaner as a result of the offences.

Passing sentence, Judge Shaun Spencer QC said that it was obvious that Saltmer had attempted to put the blame on his elderly father because he thought that his advanced age would lead to him being more leniently dealt with.

Saltmer was jailed for 16 months and placed under a Sex Offences Prevention Order, limiting his use of the internet, for five years.

He was also placed on the Sex Offender Register for 10 years and disqualified from working with children for life.