Rugby man jailed for 18 months for downloading 224 videos of ‘grotesque’ child abuse

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A Newbold man who downloaded more than 200 videos of “grotesque” child abuse has been jailed for 18 months.

Simon Graham Lenton, 34, of Grange Road, had pleaded guilty to 11 charges of making indecent images of children. A judge at Warwick Crown Court this week said they were the worst images she had ever seen, and told him that by downloading them he had directly contributed to the “horrific abuse” they showed.

Lenton was jailed for 18 months and was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Prosecutor David Bennett said the charges related to a total of 224 moving images, most of which were classed as being of levels four and five – the two most serious categories.

Mr Bennett said: “He was arrested on suspicion of making indecent images of children and he became upset,began shaking, and apologised to his partner and said it was true. She told him he would not be able to return to the address.”

The police seized Lenton’s computer tower and a portable hard drive on which they found a total of 224 movies, including 187 classed as level four and seven level five. The most severe category includes footage containing images of torture. The court was told that most of the videos contained victims aged five and under.

Nick Devine, defending, said: “Mr Lenton is 34 years of age and has never been convicted of anything like this before. From the moment of his arrest there were very deep expressions of remorse for what he had got involved with. The first way to confront a problem is to acknowledge that you’ve got a problem – and Mr Lenton does.”

Jailing Lenton, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “What puts this at the top end of offences of this nature are the grotesque nature of the images. They are the worst I have seen.”