Sussex

Simon Austin fined £25,000 over child abuse images

A man who downloaded indecent videos and photographs of children has been fined £25,000.

Simon Austin, 45, also known as Simon Austin Hamilton, admitted 12 counts of making indecent images at a previous hearing at Guildford Crown Court.

He received suspended jail terms for each offence, which happened between 2007 and 2009.

Austin, who lived in Rustington, Sussex at the time of the offences, was told to attend a sex offenders programme.

He was also ordered to be supervised for two years, sign the sex offenders register indefinitely, and he was given a sex offenders prevention order.

He now lives in North Roe, Shetland.

Austin had also denied seven counts of outraging public decency by making indecent videos of women in secret on the London Underground, and one count of failing to disclose a password, but the prosecution offered no evidence on those charges.

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