Nov 2009

Handyman jailed for watching child porn

A HANDYMAN has been jailed for viewing vile images of children being sexually abused.

Timothy Gregg’s conviction has forced him to move out of his family home, Basildon Crown Court heard.

Some of the 13 images depicted sexual activity between young boys and also abuse of children by adults.

Gregg, 38, of Blythe Avenue, Shoebury, was arrested after his employer Michael Frank returned home early from a holiday in April 2007 and discovered his laptop had been used to view child-porn websites.

Gregg had worked as a handyman for Mr Frank and his wife for three years and had been left the keys to their home in Chalkwell to carry out some decorating while they were in Spain.

The couple were left “angry, disgusted and saddened” by the actions of a man they had previously trusted and held in high esteem, the court heard.

Gregg, who denied any wrong-doing, was found guilty of 13 charges of possessing indecent images of children by a jury at Southend Crown Court on July 13.

Sentencing him to four months in jail, and making him the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, Recorder John Dodd said: “Possession of such images should never become an accepted norm.

“By passing a prison sentence here it will help send a message to all those who are part of this vile trade that there are serious consequences for those who are involved in something which results in the sexual abuse of children.”

Mitigating, Mark Roochove, said Gregg was a man of previous good character and had worked in the community as a handyman, often helping elderly local residents.

He said Gregg had been found with a comparatively small number of images and had suffered a complete collapse of his family life, including restricted access to his children, as a result of his conviction.