Prison sentence for child sex doll importation

|News, Sexual offences , Cyber / online crime

A man has been sentenced to a total of 16 months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to importing a child sex doll in one of the first cases of its kind in the country.

The child sex doll is deemed to be an indecent or obscene article under the Customs Consolidation Act of 1876.

The importation of these items is becoming a growing problem and often indicates other offences, as in the case of David Turner (72), who was also found to be in possession of a large number of indecent images of children.

Donna East, from the CPS, said: "This is an unusual case and the CPS has only prosecuted a handful of other such cases to date, but we are starting to see more instances of this type of crime.

"Given the nature of the offence, which is very much modern day, with people ordering these sex dolls online, it is perhaps surprising that we are using laws dating back to the end of the 19th century, but this demonstrates how the law can apply to many circumstances. 

"As in other cases elsewhere in the country, this was not just about the importation of a child sex doll. When the defendant's address was searched, large numbers of indecent images of children were also found. This is why cases involving child sex dolls are particularly alarming, as they can be an indicator of other offending."

Notes to editors

Donna East is one of the CPS South East's team of Crown Advocates and prosecuted the case in court.

David Turner pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • One charge of importing a child sex doll 
  • Three charges of possession of indecent photos of a child
  • Three charges of making indecent photos of a child
  • One charge of possession of extreme pornographic images

He was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment for the importation of the child sex doll and eight months for the remainder of the charges.

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