Sex offender caught with child porn pictures

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A sex offender spared jail over a stash of nearly 5,000 sickening child porn pictures, has now been caught with indecent images on his mobile phone.

Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how Simon Lee Robbin (27) lied to police, telling them he had thrown the phone in a reservoir, but then owned up and told them it was in his mattress.

Robbin is currently on the sexual offenders’ register, after he was placed on it for five years in 2011. Burnley Crown Court had at that time been told how Robbin handed police two USB flash drives when they went to his then home in Colne in November the year before. Officers were to find more than 4,500 disgusting images of young boys.

Robbin, who had been later questioned, had told police he knew he had done wrong and that he got some sexual gratification from looking at the photos.

The defendant, then of End Street, had admitted 16 charges of making an indecent photo of a child. He had been given a three-year community order, with supervision.

On Tuesday, he was back in court and admitted three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, on or between November 1st and November 27th, last year. The offences are said to involve more than 50 images, some at category A, the most serious level, as well as categories B and C. The defendant, now of Leeds Road, Nelson, was committed on unconditional bail to the crown court to be sentenced on September 7th.

Miss Parveen Akhtar (prosecuting) at the latest hearing, said last November officers from the Dangerous and Sexual Offenders Unit, acting on intelligence, went to the defendant’s home. Robbin was arrested and told them he was responsible for uploading indecent images of children and using his mobile phone to access the internet. He claimed he had thrown the phone in a reservoir.

Officers remained to search his flat and he was taken to the police station. On the way, he asked what the police officers were doing at his home and when he was told it was being searched, admitted he had lied and had not got rid of the phone. Miss Akhtar added: “He said, ‘it’s in my mattress, in a rip at the front. I put it there. It don’t know why I lied’.” Robbin said he had deleted the pictures, which were found when experts examined the phone.

Mr Geoff Ireland (defending) said: “I believe he is complying with supervision, but obviously, he is in a serious position. The defendant does have some issues.”

Sentencing Robbin in 2011, Judge Andrew Woolman had told him: “Normally people who keep images as bad as this go to prison, but I have read the report about you written by the probation officer and you met a psychologist and she has reported to the court. It’s clear that you have extreme difficulties in dealing with life and don’t understand an awful lot.”