Reformed offender says ‘I’ve lost everything’ (7 Nov 2018)

As part of the ongoing Indecent Images campaign West Yorkshire Police has spoken to man who was convicted for viewing indecent images of children.

The campaign is the first of its kind in West Yorkshire specifically targeting adults involved in the viewing of indecent images of under 18-year-olds online.

The video of the man shows how he lost everything after he was convicted and how becoming a registered sex offender has changed his life forever.

His family do not speak to him anymore and he has not seen his six year-old daughter since he was jailed.

He went from having a high profile life where he was a music performer to "having no life at all."

Detective Superintendent Jon Morgan who leads West Yorkshire Police's Safeguarding Central Governance Unit said: "We want to get across to anyone who is currently looking or thinking about looking at indecent images of children, it is a crime and you will get caught.

"Most people who we arrest for downloading and sharing indecent images of children have never come to the attention of the police and are not what people may think as a criminal.

"Whatever your profession, we don't discriminate. We will arrest you for looking at indecent images of children, you are a sex offender and that is something that we take extremely seriously.

"Being investigated for this crime has all sorts of repercussions on your life, work and family. There is lots of help out there to stop this harmful behaviour before it ruins your life."

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said: "This campaign spells out in no uncertain terms, the extremely serious ramifications of viewing indecent images of those under the age of 18.

"The video of the perpetrator brings the consequences into a very real perspective and should serve as a stark reminder as to the many ways in which this illegal activity can ruin lives in more ways than one.

"Tackling this type of online behaviour is part and parcel of the priorities within my Police and Crime Plan and I support new approaches in which this issue can be effectively addressed.

"This combination of strict enforcement and education is crucial in keeping young people safe across our communities and particularly within the digital environment."

If you are concerned about your own behaviour or that of someone you know, there is help and support available from a number of charities and not for profit organisations, including the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Safer Lives and NSPCC.

For more information about the campaign and support available visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/iioc

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