Former Grantham man who had 13,500 indecent images of children receives community service order

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A man has been sentenced to a three year community service order for possessing over 13,500 illegal images of children

Kevin Simmonds, aged 42, previously of Grantham, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced.

As well as the three year community service order, he will also be placed on the Sex Offender Register for ten years. A Sexual Harm Prevention Order will also be in place for ten years.

Officers from Lincolnshire Police Internet Child Abuse Team searched his home address and found several files and computers that held indecent images of children. Over 13,500 images were held varying from category A to Category C.

Simmonds pleaded guilty to possessing and making indecent images of children on November 23, 2015 at Grantham Magistrates Court. He was released on bail prior to being sentenced last Friday.

Head of the Internet Child Abuse Team, Detective Sergeant Midgley, said: “There is always a digital footprint left behind when illegal images are viewed, downloaded or accessed.”

She added: “The impact on the lives of those we bring before the court for these offences has real consequences.”