Brighton cleaner jailed for distributing child porn

Posted On 27 May 2015 at 10:20 am

A Brighton cleaner has been jailed for downloading and sharing indecent pictures and videos of children.

Michael TizzardMichael Tizzard, 65, of Stanford Avenue, Brighton, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (22 May) for sentence, having pleaded guilty on 23 April to one count of distribution of indecent images of children and 17 counts of making indecent images of children, all between 2002 and 2011.

He was sentenced to three months for the distribution offence and 12 months for the making offences, to run concurrently. He was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for ten years, severely restricting his access to children and computers, and will be a registered sex offender for ten years.

The charges, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, followed an intelligence-led investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT). None of the images, which were of girls estimated to be aged between 10 and 12 years old, are believed to be of local children and there was no evidence of contact offending.

Detective Constable Jackie Keogh said; “Tizzard had been systematically collecting still images and videos, some of the most serious type, and posting some on a site accessible to other offenders, over a period of years.

“When we arrested him last year he immediately admitted that he had been doing all this for his own sexual gratification.

“Any such image is by definition an image of child sexual abuse, and their possession and circulation serve only to encourage others.”

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