July 2017

Sheffield man in possession of baby sex abuse images and bestiality images avoids jail

A 32-year-old man Sheffield, who admitted to possessing hundreds of illegal sex abuse images including ones depicting bestiality and a six-month-old baby being abused, has avoided jail.

Acting on a tip-off South Yorkshire Police arrived at Robert Corker’s address in Callow Place, Gleadless on September 28 last year, after first attending his father’s home who then directed them to the right location.

Prosecuting, Stephanie Hollis, told Sheffield Crown Court that by the time officers arrived at Corker’s home, a file clearing programme was 51 per cent completed on one of the two laptops they found at his property.

Ms Hollis said one of the officers involved managed to stop the clearance programme before any more files were deleted.

mobile phone and an external hard-drive were also confiscated from the 32-year-old.

Ms Hollis said: “Police recovered a phone from the defendant as a result of comments made by him. He said: ‘I think I know what you’re on about, it should be on my phone’.”

After forensic testing was carried out on the four electrical devices, police found a total of 544 illegal pornographic images on his computer, including 24 images of what is classed as ‘extreme pornography’.

The most disturbing content found on Corker’s devices included images depicting a woman having sex with a dog, a six-month old baby boy being sexually abused and a six-year-old child involved in sexual activity with an adult male.

He admitted to a string of charges including making indecent images of a child, possession of prohibited images of a child and possession of extreme pornographic images at an earlier hearing.

Corker was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order, and was placed on the sex offenders’ register at an earlier hearing.