A pedophile nursing home resident in Birkenhead, England has been caught keeping a vile cache of child sex abuse images and videos after he asked a nurse to help him access the WiFi in July last year, a court has heard on Thursday morning. 

The suspect Andrew David Oldham, 54, of Gaskell Rise, Longridge, has since pleaded guilty to two charges related to possessing indecent and prohibited images of a child before the Stockport Magistrates Court on Jan. 13.

The first charge is related to 233 category C images, obtained by the man between July 22, 2017, and June 11 last year, while the other charge is related to 16 category C video downloaded during the same period, court documents revealed.

A staff member stumbled upon the disgusting discovery of lewd media content of "prepubescent" boys and girls in the offender's black Samsung device in July last year. The nurse noted that the images she saw had naked children in them. The concerned employee was quick to alert law enforcement and a subsequent arrest was made. 

Prosecutor Lionel Cope, leading the case at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, told the court on Thursday that Oldham was a temporary resident at Daleside Nursing home at the time of the offending, Liverpool Echo noted.

A sum of 249 illegal images over five devices was recovered by police "from various dates" between Oct. 14, 2018, and May 3, 2020, in the man's possession. 

Oldham's legal representative, Christopher McMaster, had argued that his client, who has no previous convictions, deserved light sentencing, noting that what was confiscated in his possession was a "relatively small quantity of category C images." 

Category C is deemed the least severe classification of indecent images, which only carries a sentence of anywhere between a community order and up to three years jail term.

"This is a serious offense, indecent photographs of children," District Judge O.G. Jones, sentencing, said.

"I particularly take into account your guilty plea and also the fact you have never before been in any trouble. That carries a lot of weight and I give you full credit for that," he concluded.

Oldham will be listed at the sex offenders register for the next five years, the court upheld, meaning he has to comply with the Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period, according to the London News Time.

He also became subject to a community order, requiring him to be electronically tagged and subject to a nighttime curfew between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for 12 weeks. 

His curfew ended on April 6, after which Oldham had been ordered to complete the 30-day “Maps for Change” rehabilitation program with the Probation Service.

The 54-year-old was penalized £120 (US$143.03), as well as £85 (US$101.32) in prosecution costs and a £90 (US$107.28) surcharge to victim services.

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