Blackpool pervert jailed

Paul Simms
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A BLACKPOOL man who downloaded sickening images of children has been jailed for nine months.

Paul Simms was told by a judge the indecent material in the case was revolting and showed extremely young children being abused.

A total of 63 indecent images were found by police.

Officers had gone to his home on May 25 last year on an unrelated matter that was not proceeded with when his address was searched and a laptop taken away for examination.

Simms, 43, of Faringdon Avenue, South Shore, Blackpool had admitted nine offences of making indecent images of children and one of possession.

He told police the material had been downloaded unintentionally and he deleted it as soon as he realised what was there.

Fraser Livesey, defending, said his client had no previous convictions for such offences.

He said: “There was no hint of distribution of the images.”

Judge Heather Lloyd said some of the images in the case were “bluntly revolting”.

She referred to a pre sentence report from an earlier hearing of the case where Simms said he had accessed the images by complete accident, received no sexual gratification from them.

The judge said “How anyone could have found this by accident is beyond me. You maintain your guilty plea, but continue to make denials.

“You are a man who has deliberately downloaded these items.

“You take no responsibility for what you have done.”

Simms will be on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years, banned from working with children for 10 years and subject to a sexual offences prevention order for the same period.