Suspended jail term for ‘loner’ with child porn

Suspended jail term: Colin Simpson leaves Spalding Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. Photo: SG260711-128TW
Suspended jail term: Colin Simpson leaves Spalding Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. Photo: SG260711-128TW
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A PAEDOPHILE who boasted he had “more where that came from” after a repair man discovered child porn on his laptop has been given a 14-week suspended prison sentence.

Colin Simpson (44), described as “a loner”, was caught with more than 250 indecent images of children as well two “extreme pornographic images” – one showing someone having sex with a horse and the other portraying a sex act likely to result in serious injury to a person’s genitals.

Simpson was reported to police by computer repair man Stephen Brunning, who found pictures on Simpson’s laptop of men having sex with children as young as 11, Spalding magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Daniel Paulson said Mr Brunning challenged Simpson about the laptop images and Simpson replied: “Don’t worry, there’s a lot more where they came from.”

Mr Paulson said Simpson had a total of 152 “unique” images but many of those had been copied many times over.

Simpson, who gave his address as a caravan in Frostley Gate, Holbeach Fen, pleaded guilty to seven offences at a previous hearing. On Tuesday he was sentenced to a total of 14 weeks’ prison, suspended for two years and running concurrently, on each charge.

He will also be supervised by the Probation Service for two years and must attend a community sex offender group work programme.

The court made a five-year order under an act designed to prevent further sex offences and its conditions includes a ban on Simpson deleting his internet browsing history so police can check which websites he has looked at.

Simpson was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years and must pay £85 prosecution costs.

All of the charges relate to December 31 last year.

Simpson’s catalogue of “unique” images involved 53 indecent images of children at level one, 21 at level two, 46 at level three, 31 at level four and one at level five, the most serious category. Mr Paulson said the level five image had been copied a total of four times.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Simpson put his hands up and admitted his behaviour was wrong.

He told the court: “You can see from his background that he is somewhat of a loner.”

Mr Alexander said Simpson had shown some insight and accepted the images in his possession would have involved the creation of victims.

He said: “Here is a man who knows what has happened is wrong.”

Mr Alexander said a suspended prison sentence with a supervision order would be a better long-term solution to prevent further offences than prison alone.

The solicitor added: “This seems to me to be an isolated man who has suffered some loss, the loss of his friends, the loss of his job, and he has gone into complete embarrassment mode as a result of what he has done.”