Man given community order for possession of indecent images

A 32-year-old man from Rotherham has been sentenced to a three-year community order after admitting possessing indecent images of children.

Richard Codd, of the Crescent West, Sunnyside, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday (11 January) where he was convicted of three counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of extreme pornography.

Codd was sentenced to a 36-month community order, given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life. He will also attend mandatory rehabilitation training.

Investigating officer DC Darren Walker said: “Accessing indecent images of children is a despicable crime and will absolutely not be tolerated by South Yorkshire Police.

“Our priority is to protect vulnerable members of society and we have a number of ongoing operations around the protection of children.

“Codd will be monitored by South Yorkshire Police’s Violent and Sex offender register (VISOR) team and faces prison should he break the law again.”

Codd was arrested in February 2017 after officers received intelligence to suggest he had been looking at indecent images on his computer.

An investigation was launched and safeguarding plan put in place working alongside Rotherham Borough Council’s Children and Young People’s Service.

“The 32-year-old’s laptop, phone and other items were seized and forensically examined which resulted in a number of images being discovered,” added DC Walker.

“Codd was placed on police bail with the condition of not to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.”

He was reported to court on summons in October 2017 when he admitted all the charges ahead of sentencing last week.