December 2017

University lecturer caught with horrific images of babies being raped

A university lecturer caught with horrific images of babies being raped on his computer has been jailed for a year and three months.

Mikko Sihvonen, 37, originally from Finland, was arrested after police found 83 images on his computer, the majority of which were in the most serious category for their sexual violence and depravity.

Sihvonen, of Elyne Road in Stroud Green, north London moved to the UK in 1999 and has lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He admitted three counts of making indecent photographs

Judge Oliver Sells, QC, said: ‘In relation to the images in count one they are on occasion the violent assault and rape of infants, they are most serious photographs indeed.

‘Those in category B also involve persons of a very young age, some just six.

‘That is in my judgement a most serious aggravating feature of this case.

‘The offences are not only so serious that they cross the custody threshold, but it would not be appropriate to suspend them.’

Sihvonen has given lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Information and Communications and wrote a PhD thesis there in 2014 called: ‘Public service priorities in transition: catering for minority interests in the public service media environments of the UK and Finland’.

He was sentenced on the first count of category A images to 15 months, on the second of category B images to six months and on the third of category C images to three months – all to run concurrently.