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Man sentenced after importing childlike sex doll


A man has been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, suspended for two years after importing a childlike sex doll he bought online.

Simon Glerum, 33, admitted to arranging the import of a prohibited indecent or obscene article after purchasing the doll from Hong Kong and attempting to have it delivered to his Essex home.

The doll was intercepted by Border Force officers at Stansted Airport in January this year and Glerum was arrested by Essex Police officers.

Glerum also admitted three offences of making, or downloading, indecent images of children between 1 July 2014 and 19 January 2017, and the possession of eight prohibited images of children.

The CPS provided early advice to investigators, as well as specific guidance on how officers could establish - by tracking Glerum's website use - that he intended to purchase a childlike doll, rather than a smaller adult doll as he originally insisted.

Sarah Freeman, from the CPS, said:

"Following the interception of the childlike sex doll, further serious offending was uncovered which was subsequently admitted by Simon Glerum.

"The close ongoing work between the CPS, the police and other law enforcement agencies is proving crucial to identifying and investigating this type of offending and bringing it before the courts."


Notes to Editors

  1. Sarah Freeman is a Crown Advocate for the East of England
  2. Simon Glerum was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment suspended for 2 years, concurrent on each count
  3. A Sexual Harm Prevention Order has been made for five years
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