A South Yorkshire pervert has been spared jail after he was caught with indecent images of children

A pervert has been spared from time behind bars after he was caught by the police with indecent images of children.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 5:00 pm

Shaun Gibson, aged 51, of Cygnet Drive in Mexborough, was brought to justice after police visited an address in Barnsley and seized his computer equipment, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing.

James Baird, prosecuting, told the hearing on June 23 that information was received by police who attended an address in Grimethorpe, Barnsley, and spoke to Gibson’s partner before seizing computer equipment.

Mr Baird said: “Officers attended that address and spoke to the defendant’s partner and computer equipment was seized and he was located in Selby and arrested there and he immediately told officers he was responsible for using the computer and he had been looking at indecent images of children.”

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A South Yorkshire pervert who was caught with indecent images of children has been spared from jail and has walked free from Sheffield Crown Court, pictured, with a community order.

A forensic examination of the computer revealed there were 66 category A, 43 category B and 35 category C images of children from between November 2006, and April 2011, according to Mr Baird, with category A being the most serious.

Mr Baird added that there were also more recent downloads.

Gibson pleaded guilty to four offences of making indecent photographs of children.

Ian West, defending, said Gibson has a reference from his partner and Recorder Richard Wright QC acknowledged the defendant’s early guilty pleas and that he has been a hard-working man for many years.

Recorder Wright told Gibson: “An indecent image of a child captures a moment of real and terrible sexual abuse of a real child and there is no doubt those who view these images perpetuate the making of them because without an audience to view them there would not be a market to place them on the internet for people like you to view.”

However, Recorder Wright said a community order could be imposed as an alternative to custody because he felt there was a sufficient prospect of rehabilitation.

Gibson was sentenced to a 24-month community order with a 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. He was also placed on the Sex Offender Register and banned from working with children.