NSPCC responds to sentencing of Blackpool pervert jailed for viewing child abuse images in hospital

A child protection charity is urging the Government and global tech giants to help rid the internet of child sex abuse images after a 54-year-old Blackpool pervert used public wifi to download the abuse images from a hospital bed.

Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 2:04 pm

Julie Marshall, 54, of Warbreck Drive, Blackpool - also known as John Robert Marshall - has been jailed for nine months and ordered to sign the Sex Offender's Register for 10 years, after she was caught using a hospital's public wifi network to download indecent images while recovering from a heart attack.

The pervert was found with a stash of more than 81,000 images of child abuse, and admitted downloading indecent images of children as young as four.

At Marshall's sentencing yesterday (July 14), Preston Crown Court heard the defendant, had 677 images deemed as category A - the most serious in law - with 465 at category B and 79,958 at Category C.

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Julie Marshall, 54, of Warbreck Drive, Blackpool - also known as John Robert Marshall - has beenjailed for nine months andordered to sign the Sex Offender's Register for 10 years

Today, the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) welcomed the sentencing, but it has called on the Government and tech giants to do more to tackle the 'repulsive trade' in child abuse images.

A spokesperson for the NSPCC said: “Every one of the 81,000 images in Marshall’s appalling collection represents a child who has suffered abuse which could affect them for the rest of their lives.

"By seeking out these appalling images, Marshall has helped fuel this repulsive trade and contributed to the abuse of children for over more than a decade.

"The NSPCC is calling on the Government and tech giants to prevent this disgusting trade and ensure no child has to endure this kind of abuse for the gratification of paedophiles like Marshall."

You can read more about how Marshall was caught by police and what was said during her sentencing in our report below.

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