A PERVERTED IT company worker – and former chairman of a children’s centre – had an obsession with the ‘perfection’ of young children’s bodies – and with images of teenagers in nappies.
But Simon King’s bizarre fetish came to light when a colleague found a micro card on the floor and looked at the contents to try to identify the owner.
King, 50, was arrested and pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of making indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.
But King, of Westmorland Road, Wyken, Coventry, escaped being jailed.
Instead he was given a community sentence, with three years supervision, and was ordered to take part in a three-year sex offender treatment programme, to register as a sex offender for five years and to pay £1,000 costs.
Prosecutor Ian Ball said the offences were discovered in July 2013 while King was working for the PCMS Group at the Mercia Business Village in Canley, Coventry.
The micro card – which contained fetish literature including people in nappies and images of children – was taken to the human relations manager the police were called in.
Mr Ball said some images were of ‘young children engaged in various activities in some sort of adventure playground.’
King had been chairman of Wyken Adventure Centre for children and young people, between 1999 and 2012 and he said some of the images were from there.
Police seized various items including computer towers, media sticks, a laptop and a tablet, and found more material.
Mr Ball said there were three images classed as category A, showing children engaging in penetrative sex acts, including one involving a boy as young as seven or eight; and four in category B showing children in non-penetrative sex acts. There were 4,658 category C indecent images of children.
In addition there were 27 extreme porn images.
When he was interviewed King, who said he was a virgin, told officers he had a sexual interest in young boys aged between eight and 13, but stressed he would ‘never do anything to them’ and liked them for their ‘purity.’
And in a second interview he said he did not get sexual gratification, but ‘longed for eternal youth’ and wished he looked like the youngsters in the images.
David Murray, defending, said King, whose employment was terminated after the material was found on the micro card, had had the matter hanging over him for approaching two years.
At the time he was drinking heavily and, given his own size, was ‘looking for perfection.’
Sentencing King, Recorder Kevin Hegarty QC told him: “You impress me as a lonely 50-year-old, living with his elderly father who relies a great deal on you.
“You appeared to be a decent, straight-forward man; but you knew you had this secret where you had a collection of images.
“The offences are so serious that they merit a custodial sentence; but I’m not going to pass a custodial sentence because the best way of dealing with you is to pass a community order which will last for three years.”