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Sunderland hospital worker’s child porn shame

Court story

Court story

A TRUSTED hospital theatre worker was caught with a “shocking” stash of pictures and films of children being abused.

Stephen Nutton had over 600 images and more than 100 movies of sickening abuse he had downloaded from the internet.

The anaesthesiologists’ assistant, who has since been sacked from Sunderland Royal Hospital, also had pictures and film of extreme pornography, showing a woman having sex with a dog.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 49-year-old churchgoer’s illegal stash was found when police raided his home and seized a laptop computer and DVDs.

Nutton, of Brinkburn Street, Sunderland, admitted possessing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

The court heard some were in the most serious categories of their type. Judge Brian Forster QC told him: “This is a serious case because you must clearly understand that people who obtain and possess such images encourage abuse of the children who can be seen in the images.

“If there were no viewers, there would be no point in people making the videos, taking the images and distributing them.

“It is not simple in the sense of their being no victims, there are victims of this crime and they are the young people who are exploited.

“Put bluntly, the images you have viewed are shocking.” Judge Forster sentenced Nutton to a community order for three years. The judge said a community sentence could be passed in the hope that input from the probation service would prevent any future offending.

Nutton must abide by a sexual offences prevention order and has been banned from working with children for life.

He must register as a sex offender for five years.

Julian Smith, defending, said Nutton has now lost his job, his good name and his reputation.

Mr Smith said: “He is not someone likely to re-offend. If it is about punishment, Mr Nutton has already been severely punished for his actions.”

A spokesman for the hospital confirmed Nutton was suspended and then sacked.

 
 
 

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