July 2016

Conditional discharge for man, 33, who downloaded more than 65,000 indecent images of children

PERVERT Simon Marsh downloaded more than 65,000 indecent images of children on his computer and phone.

Police raided Marsh’s home and found the bulk of the images on his laptop, along with a small number on his mobile.

The majority were at category C – the least serious – but there were some moving and still images at category A – the most serious. And the 33-year-old had stored the images in folders he created.

Now Marsh – who suffers from mental health issues – has been handed a two-year conditional discharge.

Prosecutor Neil Ahuja said: “There is evidence of some of the images being category A and B, but the vast majority were at category C.

“The images include ones of very young children. There was one as young as two being sexually abused, and one as young as four.

“There were deliberate search terms on his computer.”

When Marsh was arrested he told police, ‘I will be going with you, I have got lots on the computer’.

He made full admissions in his police interview. In total, police found 65,840 indecent images.

Marsh, of Sun Street, Shelton, pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children.

Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Marsh – who has no previous convictions – to a two year conditional discharge.

His sentencing remarks were made after Marsh was taken out of the court due to his mental state.

Judge Glenn said: “The images included ones of very young children. The evidence was collected over a period of time, and he actively sought out such images.

“The pre-sentence report speaks of an obsession with pornography and how he progressed from adults to children.

“There was no justification for his actions. He is an intelligent young man.”

Marsh will be on the sex offenders’ register for two years and he will be barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.