A paedophile who was previously jailed for having the UK’s worst collection of child porn was caught again but avoided jail after arguing he would lose his place at a top university.
Six years ago Barry Shaw was jailed for two years after he fantasised about kidnapping toddler Madeleine McCann and downloaded thousands of horrific child sex abuse images.
Now the former Civil Service accountant, who has a ‘dependency on pornography’, has dodged jail after he was again found with child porn on his laptop.
A judge handed Shaw a community order, after the 38-year-old claimed he would lose his spot at University of Southampton.
Shaw was caught by officers in 2017, when he downloaded an image of a teenage girl, dressed in stockings and underwear before moving it to the recycle bin of his laptop.
He was convicted at Southampton Crown Court after admitting one count of making an indecent photograph of a child.
Judge Gary Burrell QC gave Shaw a 24 month community order and ordered him to do 15 days of rehabilitation requirements.
The University of Southampton, which is part of the Russell Group, refused to comment after the case.
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