Sunderland child abuse footage perverts with precedent for assaulting 12-year-old for free


A pervert with a precedent for indecent assault on a child was caught with images of child abuse on his phone.

Andrew Gibson, who assaulted a 12-year-old in 2000, was caught red-handed in indecent images when police searched his devices.

A court heard the most serious showing a ten-year-old girl being raped.

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In total, there was this Category A image, two Category B images showing girls ages 13 to 16, and 26 Category C images of naked girls as young as eight.

Gibson, 41, of Borrowdale Crescent, Penshaw, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, between March and July 2019.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Sarah Mallett gave him an eight-month suspended sentence for 21 months with rehabilitation and he is scheduled to attend a sex offender treatment program.

He will also have to register as a sex offender for ten years and be the subject of a prevention of sexual harm order for the same period.

The judge said: “You say you didn’t go looking for them and you don’t know how you found them and say they were in a folder with other adult images.”

The judge said she did not accept his explanation for using device cleaning software on her phone.

But she added that he is able to readjust and that there is a need to keep the prison population as low as possible for the time being.

Kate Barnes, defending, said he did not search for the images but “owned and kept” them.

She said: “They were sent, spontaneously, to the defendant in a bulk upload along with other documents.

“There are a relatively small number of images, most of which are at the bottom of the scale.”

Miss Barnes added that Gibson’s wife is in the process of a divorce, that he has lost his marital home and that he has stayed in a guest room.

She added, “He lives hand to mouth because of his actions.

“His crime was an extremely salutary lesson.”

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