A convicted sex offender has been sentenced after banned images featuring child characters from the animated television series The Simpsons were found on his computer.
Police visited Mark Richard Bradley’s south Cumbria home in December 2019, in connection with an unrelated enquiry.
They seized an Acer device containing 24 prohibited images of children. Carlisle Crown Court heard these all featured child characters from The Simpsons engaged in sexual acts, and concerning online search terms were also found.
Fifty-seven-year-old Bradley, of Gardiner Bank, Kendal, admitted possessing the banned images and was handed a 36-month community order today by a judge who noted that a pre-sentence report concluded that was a punishment that would be most beneficial to society in general.
The court heard Bradley had previous convictions for indecent and sexual assault, had been jailed in the past and was subject to sex offender notification requirements for life.
He was also ordered to complete a sex offender treatment course, a rehabilitation activity requirement and a four-week night-time curfew by Recorder Eric Lamb, who said of the illegal material: “The nature of the images would fill any members of the public hearing about them with disgust.”