November 2017

‘Porn addict’ given suspended sentence for possessing indecent images

An “adult porn addict” who followed online links to view indecent images of children has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Adam Topley, 32, of Tilbury Rise, Cinderhill, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (November 3).

His lawyer, Matthew Smith, said Topley had “an addiction to pornography generally”.

Police executed a search warrant at his home on August 28 this year and arrested him in connection with making and possessing indecent images .

His laptop and iPhone were seized for examination.

The court heard one image found on the equipment was of a girl aged between eight and ten years, and there were two images of a girl between 12 and 14 years.

Dawn Pritchard, prosecuting, said there were 12 images of extreme pornography, ten of which were videos.

She also said the defendant was convicted 12 years ago of 20 offences of this type and went to a young offenders’ institution.

He was before the court this time for making an indecent photograph of a child before August 29; a similar charge in the same period; possessing extreme pornography at his home on August 29.

Mr Smith there had been “no child specific search terms”, or a long and significant history of material downloaded involving extreme or child porn.

He said the images came about after the defendant was looking at adult porn and followed the links.

“He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity,” he said. “His remorse is genuine. He is very aware he walks a fine line because of that previous conviction.”

 

Judge Rosalind Coe QC put him on the Sex Offenders’ Register and gave him a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.

And she imposed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, 120 hours of unpaid work and ten rehabilitation activity days.

She said he pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court to the three offences.

“These are, as you know, serious matters,” she told Topley.

“In 2005 you were convicted regarding 20 counts of a similar nature and sent to a young offenders’ institution for six months. Those convictions are really where the gravity of what you face today lies.”

She acknowledged she had received letters from the defendant’s mother, father and wife.