July 2015

Police find 5,000 indecent images of children in swoop on Black Country home

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Police found almost 5,000 indecent images of young children on five separate computer devices when they swooped on the Black Country home of a 23-year-old man.

The grim find came after police arrived with a search warrant at the address in Wednesbury where Paul Simmons was living on July 16 last year, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Mr Peter Arnold, prosecuting, said: “He admitted that he had been downloading, saving and deleting the images. There were 4,862 indecent images and movies of children on five devices.”A total of 26 of these were rated as being in the most serious category, with 55 in the second tier and the remainder at a lesser level, the court heard.

Mr Christopher Loach, defending, commented: “He has co-operated with the investigation and not sought to put the blame or responsibility on anybody but himself. His role was limited to accessing and viewing this material and he has since attended counselling.”

Simmons, of previous good character and now living at Newhall Street, Tipton, admitted possessing and making the indecent images over a six-month period last year and was given a three-year community order under supervision on condition that he completes the sex offender group work programme.

Judge Alan Parker told him: “This is your first and last chance. You had numerous repellent images but my main concern is the protection of the public and ensuring there is no repetition of this.

“Any sentence of imprisonment would have had to be of limited duration and you would be released without the kind of assistance offered by the sex offender programme that is essential in stopping this kind of behaviour.”