September 2017

Pervert said his use of pornography ‘escalated’ to child abuse images

A pervert caught with more than 100 child abuse images on his computer told police his pornography habits had “escalated”.

Police received information that Andrew Simpson’s internet address had been downloading indecent pictures of children.

He immediately confessed there would be images on his laptop as he was arrested and his home searched at 6.20am on January 18.

Officers found 126 pictures including four at the most serious level.

The children depicted in the images were as young as 10, prosecutor Jenny Haigh told Teesside Crown Court today.

Simpson, who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, said he discovered an illegal image by accident.

“It escalated during his regular searches for adult pornography” was his explanation for his activities.

Simpson, of Sherwood Drive, Marske , admitted three charges of making indecent images of children – his first conviction.

Judge Peter Armstrong told Simpson: “In the context of such cases that’s not a substantial number of images.

“The courts deal with cases involving very large numbers of images.

“From what I’ve read about you in the pre-sentence report, it’s clear that you have mental health issues.

“You’ve been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, that was diagnosed in 2011, also long-term depression and anxiety, and it’s thought that you may be on the autistic spectrum, but that’s yet to be confirmed.

“You have some insight into your problems, that this involved distorted thinking, but the fact that this is a form of child abuse I think needs to be reinforced.

“People who look at images like this are part and parcel of the abuse of children because if there weren’t people like you looking at these things it may be that children wouldn’t be abused in the first place.”

Simpson was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years with 30 days’ rehabilitation activity including one-to-one work.

He also received a sexual harm prevention order governing his internet and computer use, and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both for 10 years.

He will also be barred from working with children.

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