November 2010

Widower escapes jail after window cleaner caught him viewing child abuse images


A PENSIONER who was caught viewing child porn by the window cleaner has been spared jail.

Now detectives are urging anyone who has been affected by Simon Mountford’s behaviour to come forward.

It comes after the Mail received a letter claiming he had allegedly committed further crimes.

Mountford, 68, of Preston, was found guilty by a jury at Hull Crown Court of downloading and viewing indecent images and movies of children, some of the films and images were at the worst level.

He was caught after his window cleaner spotted him viewing the sick images.

Detective Sergeant Rebecca Handley, from Humberside Police, said: “This investigation was long and arduous at times, requiring court orders to assist us with obtaining encrypted files held on his computer when he failed to help us.

“It is possible there will be other victims of Mountford’s criminal behaviour who have not reported the offences to the police.

“I am aware an anonymous letter was written to the Mail in relation to possible further offending and I would urge the author of this letter or anyone who feels they may have been a victim of this man to contact me in confidence.”

During his trial, Mountford denied downloading the images and blamed hackers for putting them on his computer.

The honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding Judge Michael Mettyear said Mountford had come close to being sent to prison.

He said: “The offences justify an inevitable prison sentence. I have been very tempted to lock you up immediately.”

He has been sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years.

He has been ordered to attend the Northumbria Sex Offenders Treatment programme and pay £2,200 court costs.

The widower had been arrested by police in November 2008 after a window cleaner was polishing his bungalow’s kitchen window and saw him looking at child porn.