Paedophile who bought life-size child sex doll on internet spared jail
A paedophile who ordered a life-size child doll to have sex with has been spared jail.
Brian Hopkins 40, from Devon, ordered the 3ft 9ins doll from Hong Kong but border force officials seized the doll when it arrived at Stansted Airport in October last year.
The National Crime Agency was tipped off and raided Hopkins’ home in Mannamead, Plymouth, discovering he had hundreds of indecent images of children on his mobile phone.
More than 240 of the pictures were category A – the most serious type of indecent pictures.
In interview, Hopkins admitted that he found it exciting to possess the images and said he bought the doll to have sex with but claimed he did not know that importing it was illegal.
He later admitted importing an indecent or obscene article, four counts of possessing indecent images of children and three counts of possessing extreme pornography.
Hopkins was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Plymouth Crown Court and given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
The judge also ordered Hopkins to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Pervert, 40, faces jail after shipping in a life-like child sex doll from China