Court verdict on Timothy Smith, 56, of Leverington near Wisbech who was turned over to police after wife found child porn on his computer

PUBLISHED: 17:46 25 October 2016

Timothy Smith has been given a suspended prison sentence for downloading thousands of indecent images of children.
 
Timothy Smith, 56, was found to be viewing the images online after his wife inspected his two laptop computers.
 
She had thought he may have financial problems linked to gambling after discovering he had cashed in a pension.
 
However, she discovered an online history of websites containing sexual images of children and, after consulting a friend, called police.

Earlier Smith appears at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court charged with, Four counts of making indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child contrary under the Protection of Children Act 1978. Possessing extreme pornographic images portraying an act of intercourse/oral sex with dead/alive animal under the Criminal Justice & Immigration Act 2008. Possessing a prohibited image of a child under the Coroners & Justice Act 2009. Possessing extreme pornographic image portraying act which likely to result in serious injury to a person's pri

Timothy Smith has been given a suspended prison sentence for downloading thousands of indecent images of children. Timothy Smith, 56, was found to be viewing the images online after his wife inspected his two laptop computers. She had thought he may have financial problems linked to gambling after discovering he had cashed in a pension. However, she discovered an online history of websites containing sexual images of children and, after consulting a friend, called police. Earlier Smith appears at Peterborough Magistrates' Court charged with, Four counts of making indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child contrary under the Protection of Children Act 1978. Possessing extreme pornographic images portraying an act of intercourse/oral sex with dead/alive animal under the Criminal Justice & Immigration Act 2008. Possessing a prohibited image of a child under the Coroners & Justice Act 2009. Possessing extreme pornographic image portraying act which likely to result in serious injury to a person's pri

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A man, who was turned over to police after his wife found thousands of indecent photos of children on his lap top, has been spared jail.

Timothy Smith was handed a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years, by Peterborough Crown Court.

DC Mark Yendley, who investigated, said: “It is important to stress that downloading and viewing these types of despicable images is not a victimless crime.

“It only adds to the demand and increases the chances of more children somewhere being abused and exploited.”

Smith, 56, was found to be viewing the images online after his wife inspected his two laptop computers.

She had thought he may have financial problems linked to gambling after discovering he had cashed in a pension.

However, she discovered an online history of websites containing sexual images of children and, after consulting a friend, called police.

Police went to view the material on September 17 last year and Smith, of Troughton Way, Leverington, near Wisbech, was arrested.

In interview, he said he was attracted to young girls and claimed he had tried but failed to stop downloading the images.

The images and some videos found by officers ranged in seriousness, including some graded most severe.

In June at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, Smith pleaded guilty to two charges of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child, two charges of possessing and indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child, two charges of possessing extreme pornographic images and possessing a prohibited image of a child.

On Friday (October 21), he was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Peterborough Crown Court. He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for seven years.

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