Two men have been sentenced at Northampton Crown Court for making indecent images of children.
In separate, unconnected cases, Gordon Phillips, aged 54, and Tim Price, aged 53, were both given eight month sentences, suspended for two years. They were both placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and ordered to comply with 10-year sexual harm prevention orders.
The men also received destruction orders for a number of exhibits and were ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
Price, of Langley Close, Hunsbury Hill, Northampton, and Phillips, of Windermere Road in Kettering, were charged with making indecent images of children of categories A, B and C.
Price was found to have been be in possession of 71 images of category A, 84 of category B and 59 of category C. Phillips was discovered to have two category A images, four category B and 34 category C.
Det Sgt Nickie Deeks, on behalf of the force’s Paedophile Online investigation Team (POLIT), said:
“Viewing indecent images of children is not a victimless crime. When an image or video clip is shared or viewed, children who have already been sexually exploited once are re-victimised.
“We will continue to work relentlessly to safeguard our children, as these cases demonstrate. Those who think they can get away with exploiting children by downloading indecent images of children are wrong – we’ll be tracking their activity.
“From the moment a police officer knocks at their door with a warrant for their arrest they can expect the repercussions for them and their families to be catastrophic.”