November 2018

Clacton paedophile who sent explicit photos to 14-year-old runs from court

A man who used Grinder to chat to and send explicit images to a 14-year-old boy fled from court after being spared prison.

Adrian Simcock, 33, of Wellesley Road, Clacton set up a Grinder profile with the username ‘Sundayfun’ before the conversation moved onto the messaging app KIK.

At his sentencing hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday (November 22), the court heard how Simcock’s KIK username was ‘Clacton123’.

Simcock pleaded guilty to the following five counts:

  • Count one- Making four indecent images of children (Category A)

  • Count two- Making five indecent images of children (Category B)

  • Count three- Making five indecent images of children (Category C)

  • Count four- Possessing one prohibited image

  • Count five- Attempting to engage with sexual communication of a child between June 12, 2017 and January 7, 2018

Prosecuting, Carolyn Gardiner said: “The email address linked to the KIK account was Simcock’s.”

The court heard how Simcock was found at his home address on January 7 where he was then arrested.

A Samsung mobile phone and Samsung tablet were removed from the property and analysed by police.

Carolyn Gardiner said: “Analysis of the phone discovered conversations between two undercover police officers and several children believed to be aged 12-14.

“He communicated with somebody who is supposedly 14 from Ipswich.”

The messages between Simcock and the decoy were read aloud to the court, in which Simcock told someone he believed to be a 14-year-old boy ‘please don’t report me, I keep getting chucked off’.

He also told the boy ‘age is just a number’ and asked how big his penis was before sending an explicit image of his private parts in underwear.

Judge Jonathan Seely said: “You have experienced a number of difficulties in your life but this is deeply deeply wrong.”

He was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years and subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

Judge Seely added: “If you breach the two year suspended sentence you will be brought back before this court and you will be sent to prison.”

He was also ordered to pay £400 in court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.