Loner hoarded child porn and distributed it using Facebook

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A LONER who distributed sickening child porn to perverts as far afield as the U.S. has been jailed for three years.

Franklin Marshall hoarded thousands of images of children on his computer and mobile phone at his parents’ home in Sunderland.

The 40-year-old, who has never had an intimate relationship, shared some of the photographs and movies he had collected via email, with a Facebook friend and a penpal in America.

His secret life was uncovered when police raided his home and discovered his disturbing stash.

Prosecutor Mark Donkin told the court: “He said he had distributed them to other people but was unable to remember to whom or how many he had distributed.

“He accepted one was a Facebook contact and a penpal based in the U.S..”

Newcastle Crown Court heard one police officer involved in the case said this was the second highest level of distribution he had ever uncovered.

Jailing Marshall, of Arundel Road, Farringdon, Judge Roger Thorn said: “Over a period of time you, in your isolated social position, became an obsessive and substantial and devoted hoarder of child porn. Worse still, you have distributed it.

“You have possessed, made and distributed these grossly obscene images to a very substantial extent, to an extent not generally seen in terms of number.

“These are real children being abused by real adults and the children abusing each other.

“I fear that vast sums of money are paid throughout Europe and elsewhere.

“The damage to those children must be appalling.

“The wiping out of this commercial activity is of such difficulty and degree that those who get caught have to bear a substantial brunt of the criminal responsibility because getting hold of the Mr Bigs in this world proves so difficult.”

Marshall must sign the sex offenders’ register for life and has been made the subject of sex offenders’ prevention order for life.

Paul Cross, defending, said Marshall, who still lives with his parents and has never been in trouble before, lived a hard working life and slipped into a “sudden descent” of using the material but now feels genuine remorse.

Mr Cross said: “He persuaded himself, as many do, that just looking at photographs does no harm.

“He is now fully conscious that the harm is it generates a market for this sort of material.”

Marshsall, who admitted a total of 17 illegal porn charges, has lost his job because of the convictions.

Superintendent Jim Napier, from Northumbria Police’s Sunderland Area Command, said: “We welcome the sentence imposed by the court.

“This investigation has ensured a dangerous man has been taken off the streets and prevented him from committing any further offences.

“Northumbria Police will always seek to bring those who commit such crimes to justice.”

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