Nuclear energy consultant smuggled £150 ‘paedophile’ sex doll into UK
A nuclear energy expert was behind bars in disgrace on Friday after he was caught smuggling a child-like ‘paedophile’ sex doll into the UK in the first case of its kind in Britain.
Father-of-one Andrew Dobson, 49, from Crewe in Cheshire, used eBay to buy the £150 silicon doll – which resembled a girl as young as four – from a sex toy firm based in Hong Kong.
The sick item came with a negligee, face mask, blindfold, gloves and an even a ‘cavity warmer’ to give it a more ‘life-like feel.’
But the package was intercepted by Border Force officials as it arrived at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire.
Police later raided Dobson’s £300,000 property in the village of Wistaston near Crewe, Cheshire and found 26 pornographic images and videos on his computer of children being abused.
One 12 minute clip showed a girl of six being raped by a man wearing a clown mask. He later admitted buying the child-like doll to use for sex.
At Chester Crown Court, Dobson, who works as a consultant on nuclear propulsion admitted importation of an obscene item and further charges of making and possessing indecent images and was jailed for two years and eight months.
Judge Simon Berkson told him: ‘I had the doll shown to me and it is disgusting to think that this type of item exists and can be bought and imported all over the world.
‘This was no mistake or misguided act on your part, it was meant for your perverted sexual desire towards children.
‘This sexual desire was confirmed for the police when they made a search of your property and searched on the computerised equipment and found indecent still images of children and moving images. In the movies, one of which was 12 minutes long was the worst type of abuse that can happen on a child.
‘You have had a very respectable job which you have held for a number of years and you have an elderly mother who relies upon you for her care and you have an 18-year-old son who I can only assume you also care for. I am told that for the importation charge this is the first sentence for the offence in England and Wales.’
The court was told that the package was seized by the UK Border force on 23 September last year.
Prosecuting Peter Hussey said: ‘The package was sent by air from Hong Kong and it was the defendant who ordered it, and UK Border Force who intercepted it.
‘There has been an ongoing operating targeting this type of package being imported into this country. The package was opened and contained a childlike sex doll which has been sent from a company run in Japan and which operates out of Hong Kong.
‘There was an invoice and an advert for the doll. There is also documentation of the eBay account and the advert. The advert shows a young child posing in a sexual way.’
The female doll was 105 cm in height, and a doctor gave it an age between 3 years and 8 months to 6 years and 2 months. The court heard the sender of the package had tried to hide what is was.
Dobson was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for life.