Child porn dad is now “forlorn figure” court told
A HARD-WORKING family man caught with child pornography on his computer was spared jail after a judge heard he had already suffered greatly.
Since police raided Steven Moore’s home, his marriage has collapsed, he has lost his job, and can only see his youngest daughter on occasional supervised visits.
Teesside Crown Court was told today by Moore’s barrister that prison would be the final straw for the former hod carrier, and would leave him crushed.
Defence barrister Nigel Soppitt said Moore’s life has fallen apart since police raided the family home in Samuel Street, Stockton, on March 18 last year.
The 43-year-old father-of-two, who had never before been in trouble, now lives in a bedsit in nearby Norton and collects just £10 a week in benefits, the court heard.
He pleaded guilty to 16 charges of making indecent photographs of children between February 2006 and last March, as well as one count of possessing 81 indecent images.
“You have already paid a fairly substantial price for this madness on your part – family, job and home all seem to have gone.”
Judge Les Spittle