Lincoln child porn addict used work computer to upload photos of toddlers

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A convicted sex offender from Lincoln who distributed indecent photographs of children over the internet has been jailed for two years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Simon Halliday, 42, described as addicted to child porn, used a work computer to upload photographs of children as young as 18 months old using different account names including “young lover”.

He used the Kik instant messenger app to contact people with similar interests.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court: “Police received information of an email address from which indecent images of children had been uploaded.”

Inquiries led to a company in Beverley, East Yorkshire, where Halliday was the store manager.

Scott said: “He said he used the Wi-Fi connection to make an internet connection through his phone.

“Using the name ynglvr, short for young lover, he had uploaded indecent images of children. The user had engaged with others with similar interests.

“He told the police he had possession of indecent images and distributed them. He said he gained sexual gratification from others enjoying the pictures and stories that he posted.

“He had no idea of the number of images he had shared. He said he would use his phone daily to access images. He used Kik on the day of his arrest.

“He said he felt sickened and ashamed and said he needed help.”

The court was told that Halliday had previously been jailed in 2004 for child porn offences and was the subject of a sexual offences prevention order at the time of the latest offences.

Halliday of Field Fare Close, Lincoln, admitted four charges of distributing indecent images of children, four charges of making a total of 231 indecent images of children, possession of extreme pornography and two further charges of failing to comply with a previous order banning him from using a pseudonym.

The offences took place between October 2014 and April 2015.

Recorder Graham Huston told him: “These offences were committed blatantly with full knowledge of the consequences of doing so. The reports suggest that there is beginning to be on your part a degree of insight into your addiction but these are very serious offences.”

David Eager, defending, said Halliday was remorseful and had been frank during his interviews with police following his arrest.