'Causal link' found between internet porn and sex offenders'

Research has uncovered a 'causal link' between the usage of internet pornography and becoming a sex offender.

Dr Tim Jones, a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at Worcester University, conducted a series of interviews with a convicted paedophile, who is known only as James, at Grendon Prison.

He worked with other psychologists - including Britain's top criminologist Professor David Wilson of Birmingham City University - and claimed a causal link had been established, reports the Telegraph.

"The internet is fuelling more extreme fantasies and the danger is that they could be played out in real life," he added at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society in Glasgow.

It was also found that the Greater Manchester police obscene publications unit seized 41,000 child porn images in 1999, compared to just a dozen four years earlier.

In 2001, so many pictures were being recovered the force was no longer to keep count.

Dr Jones has published works such as Investing in Assessment - the role of formative assessment in teaching psychological research methods in the Psychology Teaching Review. 

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