01:44AM, Wednesday 24 April 2013
A father-to-be has been sentenced to community service after downloading more than 1,000 indecent pictures.
Thomas Hankey, formerly of Maidenhead, appeared at Reading Crown Court on Thursday after admitting 10 counts of possessing indecent images and videos of children at a previous hearing.
The court heard how the 35-year-old’s home in Lyneham Gardens was raided by police in 2011 where an external hard drive and computer was found which had images of children aged from six to 17.
The offences were committed between August 23, 2004 and April 13, 2011.
Images are graded by police on a scale of one to five, with five being the most serious.
The majority of pictures founds on Hankey's computer were at 'lower levels' but there was one at level five.
On being shown the images by police the court heard how Hankey, who has been with his pregnant partner for seven years, said he was 'not aware' he had downloaded the images.
The hearing was also told how Hankey said he had not used the computer, which was discovered in his loft, since 2009 and the external hard drive since 2010.
Hankey was given a two-year community order, including supervision requirements, and told to pay £534 costs.
Hankey is now living at Hambleden in Henley-on-Thames.
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Police raided addresses in Lillibrooke Crescent, Cox Green, and in Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, at about 7.15am.