Lingfield man sentenced after downloading indecent images
A 41 year old man from Lingfield has been sentenced after his IP address was linked with downloading indecent images of children.
Officers executed a warrant in February after intelligence identified an IP address had been downloading and sharing indecent images.
Paul Lee Gollop, 41, from Lingfield, was arrested and charged with three offences of making (downloading) indecent images of children and one offence of possession of extreme pornographic images. He appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court on Friday, 1 June pleading guilty to all charges.
Police Constable Callum Darby, from Surrey Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) said: “After a warrant was carried out at Gollop’s home address, devices were seized and examined, where forensic investigations discovered over 500 images and videos of an indecent or extreme nature.
“The making and sharing of indecent images of children is a deplorable crime and I hope the sentence given to Gollop, as well as the Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and being put on the Sex Offenders Register acts as a deterrent to others.
"Surrey Police treats all allegations of this nature extremely seriously and I would encourage anyone who has concerns about anyone believed to be involved in taking or making indecent images of children to report it to us straightaway."
Appearing at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (29 June), Gollop was sentenced to six months in prison. He will be listed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and has also been given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
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