An Eastbourne man who was found by police to have repeatedly accessed images of child abuse despite a previous conviction is now starting a 15-month prison sentence.

Ludovit Gerhat, 34, a cleaner, of Blackwater Road, Eastbourne, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 4 March, having pleaded guilty to breaching his registered sex offender requirements.

He will now also remain a registered sex offender for a further ten years and will continue to be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHP0) severely restricting his access to digital communications devices and to children for the same further period.

Gerhat had been convicted in August 2021 of possessing indecent images of chldren and had been given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

As part of his registration requirements he had to make any digital communications devices accessible to police via monitoring software, and later that year officers detected attempts he was making to wipe material from his devices. On inspection, they found he had accessed more than 200 videos and 100 other indecent images of children from the Internet, including some in the most serious categories.

PC Louise Blacker of the East Sussex team responsible for monitoring registered sex offenders in the community said; “Gerhat clearly felt he could get away with this, but did not realise that we can effectively monitor him and help ensure communities are protected.”