Former bus driver pleads guilty to child porn charges - The Rugby Observer

Former bus driver pleads guilty to child porn charges

A BUS driver quit his job after 20 years following a police raid on his Rugby home which revealed child pornography on his computer.

Now unemployed, Mark Summerton appeared at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.

The 43-year-old, of Izod Road, was given a 12-month community sentence and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and to take part in a rehabilitation activity for 25 days.

Prosecutor Mark Williams said in June last year the police executed a warrant at Summerton’s home, where he lived alone, and arrested him on suspicion of having indecent images.




He told them that if there was anything, it would be on his Packard Bell computer tower, which was seized, together with a separate hard drive.

On the computer and the hard drive officers found movies and still images of children being sexually abused, and also movies involving animals.


The majority of the images had been obtained using a peer-to-peer file-sharing website, but when he was interviewed, Summerton ‘exercised his right not to answer questions,’ added Mr Williams.

Jason Pegg, defending, said the offences were ‘entirely out of character’ for Summerton, who had no previous convictions.

Mr Pegg added Summerton chose to leave his job out of “embarrassment and shame” for what he had done.

In a pre-sentence report Summerton claimed he looked at the images ‘out of pure curiosity,’ and did not get any sexual gratification from them.

Sentencing Summerton, Recorder Stuart Sprawson also ordered him to register as a sex offender for five years and to pay £150 costs, and made him subject to a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

Recorder Sprawson told him: “In your interview with the probation officer you sought to minimise your interest in this material.

“But, over a comparatively short period of time, you deliberately, on a repeated basis, sought access to this type of material, which you now accept in part was for your sexual gratification.”

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