May 2019

West Sussex man given three-year sentence for indecent images of children

A West Sussex man is starting a three-year prison sentence for offences relating to indecent images of children.

Ian Crockford, 47, a computer operator, of Graydon Avenue, Chichester, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday (20 April) having previously pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornographic images and possession of a prohibited image.

He will be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court order, severely restricting his access to children and computers, and was also placed on the Childrens’ Barring List, preventing him from any work with children.

None of the images are believed to be of local children and there is no evidence of any contact offending.

The prosecution followed an intelligence-led investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Paedophile Investigation Unit (POLIT).

Crockford was arrested at an address where he was then living in Charmandean Road, Worthing, in August 2018. and computer and related equipment was seized for examination. Officers found that Crockford had more than 3400 images.