Sheffield man downloaded sick child porn of a baby

A Sheffield man who downloaded sick child porn videos that featured a baby and a five-year-old child has been sentenced.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 2:02 pm

David Cooper, 52, of Redfern Grove, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child, and possession of extreme and prohibited images, on July 23, after initially denying the offences.

Prosecutor Ian Mullarkey said police searched Cooper's home on August 24, 2017, when they seized two computers.

Analysis revealed the devices contained 11 videos and five images in Category A, the most extreme category, nine Category B videos and 217 Category C images.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Stock picture of indecent images

The court heard the Category A videos featured sexual acts involving a baby and a five-year-old child, and the extreme images included pictures of bestiality.

Cooper searched on the internet for "14 year old teenage girls" and "incest."

Susan Fisher, mitigating, said Cooper, who had no previous convictions, took "overwhelming responsibility" for the offences.

"There's no doubt that it's taken him some time to come to terms with the offences. He acknowledges that he has been extremely stupid."

Judge Michael Slater told Cooper: "Behind everyone of these images is a story of humiliation and misery on behalf of the child depicted.

"This is behaviour that is absolutely happening to them at the time. The only reason these pictures are in circulation is because of people like you.

He sentenced Cooper to 12 months, suspended for two years, and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

He also ordered him to attend 35 days of rehabilitation.

Read the latest cases from Sheffield Crown Court here.

A message from the Editor:

The dramatic events of 2020 are having a major impact on our advertisers and thus our revenues.

The Star is more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription to support our journalism. You can subscribe here for unlimited access to Sheffield news and information online.

Every subscription helps us continue providing trusted, local journalism and campaign on your behalf for our city.

Thank you

Nancy Fielder, editor