July 2010

Child abuse images warning

THE Suffolk father of a baby girl has been given a third chance to stop encouraging the child sexual abuse images trade.

Giles Hodge-Croucher pleaded guilty to 16 charges of making indecent images of children by downloading child abuse images

Ipswich Crown Court heard that the grim pictures were discovered when police seized the 33-year-old’s computer in relation to dishonesty offences in February this year.

Peter Gair, prosecuting, said Hodge-Croucher who had a 13-month-old daughter was placed on three year’s community rehabilitation in 2002 for making indecent photographs of children and again in 2005 for identical offending.

Judge David Goodin said Hodge-Croucher of Belvedere Road, Lowestoft finally seemed to appreciate that his type of offending created a market which led to children being abused and exploited.

Mr Gair said the majority of Hodge-Croucher’s downloaded images were at the least serious level one but two were at the most serious level four.

The court heard that Hodge-Croucher’s offending had led to the end of his marriage and contact with his child.

Judge Goodin sentenced Hodge-Croucher to 12 months in prison but suspended the term for two years. He was also disqualified from working with children and his computer equipment was confiscated.

Judge Goodin said: “I hope for your sake there is hope for you in the future.”