June 2002


A BIRMINGHAM salesman who downloaded hundreds of indecent pictures of children from the internet has been jailed for 12 months.

One of the revolting images collected by David Robinson depicted the rape of a child of about 18 months, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

The successful prosecution of Robinson is believed to be one of the first in the West Midlands of someone actually distributing obscene images of children.

Robinson, 41, formerly of Northfield, admitted five charges of making and seven of distributing indecent photographs of children.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for ten years.

Judge Charles Wide QC told him: ‘The court’s primary concern in cases of this kind is the protection of children.

‘The demand for images of the kind you downloaded from the internet encourages their supply and the supply of such images involves the very grave abuse of children. ‘The images vary in nature but include the depiction of very serious abuse. Indeed, one I have seen depicts the rape of a child of about 18 months. There cannot be many scenes more revolting or appalling than that.’

Matthew Brook, prosecuting, said when police searched Robinson’s home in February they recovered three computers which contained indecent pictures and video clips of children.

There were also pictures of adults dressed as schoolchildren and when questioned Robinson admitted being attracted to young girls around the age of 14.

Mr Brook said as well as the photos of children thousands of pictures of an adult nature were also found.

Robinson said he had had contact with a person through an adult chat room.

Caroline Spedding, defending, said the images found on Robinson’s computers related to a far wider investigation.