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Former school governor from Ramsgate jailed for 16 months after admitting sex with imported child-sized doll

PUBLISHED: 12:17 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:17 08 September 2017

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David Turner, 72, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday

A former school governor, who told a court he had sex with a child-sized doll, and tried to challenge whether his actions were against the law, has been jailed for 16 months.

David Turner, 72, admitted importing and having sex with the 3ft 10in doll, described as “anatomically detailed and correct” and asked a judge to decide if it was indecent or obscene in law.

National Crime Agency officers arrested Turner, who also admitted possessing more than 34,000 images of child abuse, in November last year after Border Force officers intercepted a 3ft doll which he was attempting to import from China.

The Border Force-led Fast Parcel Joint Border Intelligence Unit (JBIU) at Stansted Airport intercepted the parcel which was labelled as a mannequin and came with a fishnet body-stocking.

When NCA officers searched Turner’s Ramsgate home in December they discovered two child sex dolls which he kept in his study and seized a computer, tablets, external hard drives and pen drives.

The charge relates to a 3ft 10in doll that was already in his possession, and which he had bought clothes for.

Analysis of Turner’s computers showed he viewed websites selling items advertised as “flat chest love doll” and “mini silicone sex doll 65cms little breasts”.

He was also in possession of 138 Category A images of child abuse, which are the most serious, 299 Category B images and 33,619 Category C images.

Children in the images were aged from approximately three to 16.

In interview, Turner said his preference was to view indecent images of children aged four to 10 and he admittedly “secretly” taking photographs of girls aged six to 11 in public places.

Officers also found 29 fictional stories – which described sexual abuse of children but fell outside the Obscene Publications Act – when they searched his home.

After being arrested Turner resigned as a school governor of St Ethelbert’s Church Primary School in Ramsgate and from St Ethelbert’s and Gertrude Church where he was a warden.

Following sentencing at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, an NSPCC spokesperson said: “The importation of these grotesque dolls is an emerging problem and – as in this case – appears to be prevalent among individuals who have amassed indecent images and harmed children through their online activities.

“There is no evidence that these items help potential abusers. In fact, there is a real risk that those who use them could become desensitised and go on to abuse children.

“We’re calling on the government to close a disturbing legal loophole and make it a crime to create, distribute or possess these dolls.”

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