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Former soldier’s stash of sickening child porn was handed to police by disgusted partner

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

A PERVERT was arrested after his partner discovered child pornography on his computer and handed it in to police.

Former soldier Paul Robson’s lust for young girls was uncovered after his partner looked on his laptop.

Police discovered he had downloaded 171 sexual pictures of young girls aged between eight and 16.

An investigation revealed Robson, 35, had searched the internet after typing in sickening phrases in a search engine.

And it emerged Robson had also stolen personal pictures of his partner’s adult daughter.

He took them after she asked Robson to transfer innocent pictures from her mobile phone to put on her Facebook page, but he put them on his own mobile phone and computer.

Robson was kicked out of the house by his now former partner, and was arrested soon afterwards.

He denied responsibility for over a year and even tried to shift the blame on to other people he shared the house with.

Robson eventually pleaded guilty to 16 counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing indecent images of children on the day he was due to stand trial last month.

He was not charged over the personal pictures of his former partner’s daughter.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Robson’s partner became suspicious of his behaviour in 2008 when she found adult porn on his new smartphone.

Two years later, she came across the indecent images of children when he left his laptop on.

Paul Reid, prosecuting, said: “She saw images of young girls in various sexual poses on it.

“Again she tackled the defendant who said it had nothing to do with him.”

Soon afterwards she came across the personal pictures of her daughter on Robson’s mobile.

Mr Reid added: “She handed the laptop to police and ejected him from the home and he was arrested the following month.”

Robson, of Gulliver Road, Hartlepool, admitted to probation officers he has a sexual interest in children and probation said he poses a risk to youngsters.

But the offences did not attract a prison sentence as the pictures were at the lowest level of seriousness.

Yvonne Taylor, mitigating, said imposing a community order would allow Robson, a long-distance lorry driver, to receive treatment for his sexual interest in young girls.

He was made the subject of a three year community order with probation supervision and an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order barring him having unsupervised contact with children.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, said: “You knew what those images were of and you could have immediately accepted your responsibility and pleaded guilty but you didn’t.

“You need clearly some help from probation in relation to that desire by you and that interest by you. According to the guidance given to me, this case can only be dealt with by a community order and that’s what I impose.”

Robson will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and also have to pay £2,000 towards the court costs.

 
 
 

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