June 2003

Family man in high-tech porn is jailed

A FAMILY man has been jailed after admitting he downloaded and saved nearly 2,000 indecent images of children “for a rainy day”.

Police raided Graham Simpson’s house in Unwin Street, Penistone, after being tipped off that he may be viewing child porn.

Sheffield Crown Court heard officers seized his computer as well as videos, DVDs, photographs and print outs.

They also took CDs found inside his car.

Simpson had collected at least 1,952 images of children being abused.

The images ranged in severity from children posing nude to young boys and girls having sex with adults.

One showed a disturbing image involving a child younger than 10.

Simpson initially told police he had visited adult sites but had only accessed child porn by accident. He later admitted he had stored the images to “brighten up a rainy day” and was charged with 14 counts of making indecent images of children and a single count of possessing an indecent image of a child.

Jason Hill, defending, said Simpson had to some extent admitted he has a problem.

Jailing Simpson for eight months Judge Tom Cracknell branded the images “thoroughly revolting”.

He said: “If there weren’t people like you then there wouldn’t be people who want to fulfil this demand.

“You knew that these children were being abused just because people like you can, as we have been told, save them up for a rainy day.”

Simpson has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and has been banned for life from working with, or caring for children.