Man jailed for collecting indecent images and videos of children
A man from Kirkby-in-Ashfield who amassed a collection of hundreds of indecent images and videos of children has been jailed for five years.
Craig Robinson,31, of Beacon Drive, Kirkby, contacted girls as young as seven years old in the Philippines via Facebook Messenger, engaging them in sexually explicit conversation, urging them to carry out sexual acts and requesting indecent images of them. He also sent indecent images of himself to them.
Robinson was arrested at his home on 29 June this year after officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s Sexual Exploitation Investigation Unit had received a tip-off from Norfolk and Suffolk Police which had been leading Operation Bane, an investigation of file-sharing of indecent images via the internet.
Once Robinson’s IP (Internet Protocol) address had been identified, he was located following a request to his service provider.
His collection included 640 Category A images, the most serious category of abuse. He had already pleaded guilty to a total of 14 charges, including making indecent images of children and causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a child, when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday 2 September for sentencing.
In addition to his five years in prison, Robinson will serve an extended licence period of an additional three years following his release.
He will also be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and is subject to the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.