Fish fan caught in cops porn net

Ban order: Judge Peter Kelson.
Ban order: Judge Peter Kelson.
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A South Yorkshire man’s marriage was shattered when police found indecent images of young girls on one of his computers after they raided the couple’s home, a court heard.

Raymond Smith, aged 61, was given a three-year community order with attendance at a sex offenders’ group when he appeared before Doncaster Crown Court.

Judge Peter Kelson, QC, said the offending had cost Smith his marriage but told him: “You are now a long way down the road of recognising your problem.”

He added: “Now is the time to be completely open and honest with the people on the course so you can break this criminal habit. Your internet searching has taken you into dark corners.”

Smith, now living in Wentworth Road, Wheatley, pleaded guilty to possessing and making indecent images of a child.

A police inquiry by North Wales Police identified Smith and, when Doncaster officers visited his home in Central Drive, Rossington, they seized four computers.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said the defendant initially used computers for downloading music and looking for Koi carp, but experts found he had deleted 18 sexual images of children and he also admitted downloading a moving image of a girl aged around 12.

Defence solicitor Nigel Lumley said Smith, with no previous convictions, “wishes he could turn the clock back”.

“For the vast majority of his life he has been a good, honest person who people could respect, but now he has lost all that,” he said.

“He knows the court will take steps to ensure he cannot be in this position again. The internet searches show an obvious interest in children but he did not download any other images.”

Mr Lumley said Smith had bought some computers at car boot sales and didn’t know what he would find on them.

The judge also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention order to ban him from unsupervised contact with under 18s.