October 2019

Perverted dad downloaded images of babies being raped

The judge told Simon James Vernon Church: ‘These children were only raped for your entertainment’ Report contains details which might distress some readers

A 35-year-old dad deliberately searched for and downloaded child sexual abuse images of the worst possible category, including the rape of babies.

A police raid on the home of Simon James Vernon Church on October 26, 2018, found two laptops containing 165 still images and two films of the worst Category A level of child pornography including the anal rapes of five-year-olds and the rapes of babies and toddlers.

He also had 248 photographs and one film in the Category B level of indecent images and 570 images in Category C.

His internet history revealed search terms such as “pre-teen” and “underage”.

Church, of Hall Road, St Dennis, near St Austell, told police that he did not start off looking at such images but became curious after looking for pornography online. He admitted looking at child pornography for seven or eight years.

Philip Lee, prosecuting at Truro Crown Court today (Friday, October 4) said Church admitted the thought had crossed his mind to abuse his own children but he didn’t; he would never actually abuse children, it was “just a fantasy”.

Concerning the indecent imagery, Church told police: “I don’t like it because they don’t know what they’re doing – a 13 or 14-year-old girl knows what she’s doing.”

There was evidence of peer to peer activity where Church shared images with others, though he denied knowing what this was.

Sentencing him to 15 months in prison, Judge Simon Carr told Church: “These children were only raped for your entertainment. It’s a business and you’re part of that business.”

Church was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.