Internet Filth Slammed by Judge; Student Spread Pornography on Website

The Birmingham Post (England), March 26, 1998 | Go to article overview

Internet Filth Slammed by Judge; Student Spread Pornography on Website


A judge yesterday condemned the Internet for what he called the "unwholesome and unnecessary filth" available on it as he handed a student a suspended prison sentence for pornography offences.

In what police believe to be the first case of its kind in the world, 21-year-old Timothy Spring pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to four charges of publishing obscene articles on the Internet.

The media studies student was prosecuted despite setting up his web site in the US in a bid to evade UK law.

Supt Martin Jaunch of Scotland Yard's vice unit said after Spring was given an eight-month suspended sentence: "This has proved that the Internet is not a sort of Wild West where the law does not apply."

Spring, a University of Central Lancashire student, of Danes Close, Kirkham, near Preston, also pleaded guilty to six offences of making more than 5,000 indecent photographs of children which the court was told he had down-loaded from web sites.

Working from his bedroom in his parents' home, he placed hard-core pornographic images of adult sex on his US web site, which had recorded more than 100,000 "visits" by computer users.

Sentencing him Judge Reginald Lockett said: "It seems to me that readily available on the Internet in and around this world is a lot of unwholesome and unnecessary filth. …

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