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Cambridge University professor sentenced for possessing indecent images


A university professor who admitted possessing almost 2,000 indecent images of children has been given a suspended prison sentence today (Fri 5 May).

Simon Jarvis, 53, of Cambridge, pleaded guilty to a variety of offences, including distributing indecent images to others via the internet.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Cambridge Crown Court. He must also attend a course for sex offenders.

Laura Tams, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Simon Jarvis was found to be in possession of a large amount of indecent images of children, including more than 40 at the most serious level.

"He also used the internet to share images with others and to engage in fantasy conversations about child abuse.

"Prosecutors and investigators worked together to build a compelling case, resulting in the guilty pleas entered."

The prosecution followed an investigation by the National Crime Agency.


Notes to Editors

  1. Jarvis admitted the following offences:
    • 2 x Distributing indecent images of children
    • 4 x Making indecent images of children
    • 1 x Possession of extreme pornography
    • 5 x Possession of prohibited images of children
  2. Laura Tams is a Specialist Prosecutor with the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division.
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