February 2015

Pervert spared jail after downloading and distributing vile child abuse images and films

A FATHER caught with indecent films of children under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and others where they “appeared to be in pain”, has been spared jail.

Daniel Smirk, 24, of Dalwood Close, Bransholme, was found with almost 850 indecent images and movies after intelligence was passed to Humberside Police and he was traced through his internet protocol (IP) address.

He admitted seven offences relating to the possession and distribution of indecent still and moving images of children between October 24, 2009, and October 30, 2013.

A total of 552 indecent photographs were recovered from an Acer Aspire computer, including 93 at Category A, the most serious level, 131 at Category B and 328 at Category C.

Two Category A indecent films were found on the same computer.

Smirk downloaded a further 148 indecent films, 100 of which were at Category A, and had 77 indecent images and 67 films on a USB memory device.

He was also found to have distributed 17 indecent images to other paedophiles he contacted by email.

Hull Crown Court heard the images and films were of between 200 and 250 different children being abused. They were between the ages of one and 14.

All but six were of boys and most were aged between eight and 12.

Some of the pictures and recordings were “staged in studios”, while others took place in a “home setting”, the court was told.

Smirk’s home was searched on October 30 and he made “substantial admissions” during police interview, the court heard.

He said he was “curious about the stage when boys reach puberty”.

But Stephen Welch, prosecuting, said that did not correspond with the age of many of the victims being abused in the images.

The court also heard he “tried to stop because of his son”.

Smirk had no previous convictions.

Paul Norton, defending, said Smirk was a “young man who lives with his mother and brother”.

“He has made them aware [of the offences] and shocked as they are, he enjoys their support.”

Judge Graham Robinson ordered Smirk to attend the Northumbria Sex Offenders Treatment Programme for three years.

He was made subject to a five-year sexual offences prevention order, and must sign the sex offenders register for five years.