Lorry driver fled South Yorkshire after arrest over child porn

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Lorry driver Craig Whitehead fled South Yorkshire for his own safety after being arrested for downloading child pornography, a court heard.

Police searched his Barnsley home following ‘disturbing allegations’ and seized two laptop computers and a mobile phone.

Still images and four videos were recovered with the most serious of the images, said Michael Tooley, prosecuting.

Whitehead, aged 44, now of Beaumont Crescent, Peterlee, County Durham, used a mobile phone to send the images to an unknown address.

He admitted two offences of making indecent photographs and distributing them following the raid in February, 2013.

Julian Brook, defending, said Whitehead earned up to £1,500 a month as an HGV driver and was arrested as part of a wide-ranging investigation by police into ‘serious matters’.

Only a low number of images were found and Whitehead had been candid and entirely co-operative with officers.

“He has moved from his home in South Yorkshire to County Durham as a result of fear for his own personal safety,” said Mr Brook.

His behaviour related to a lack of control and poor victim empathy. His emotional needs were not met as a child by his parents and domestic violence was “commonplace” in the home.

He argued prison would do little to address his behaviour and he would lose his job and accommodation. “He sorely needs assistance,” he said.

Judge Simon Lawler jailed Whitehead for 18 months.

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