Former South Yorkshire soldier received death threats after admitting child porn offences

A former soldier who served in Afghanistan received death threats after it was revealed he downloaded sick child porn, Sheffield Crown Court has heard.

Monday, 14th September 2020, 3:00 pm

Police seized a USB stick, a laptop and a PC tower from Craig Froggatt's home, on February 11, last year.

Prosecutor James Gould said an analysis of the devices revealed Froggatt had downloaded 87 Category A images, 43 Category B images and 800 Category C images, over a three year period.

Froggatt, who represented himself, said: "I didn't look at all the images. I have been honest and upfront from the start. I just want all the rules and guidelines to follow."

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On Friday, Sheffield Crown Court heard he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after serving in Afghanistan.

He said he had received death threats and his car had been vandalised, after his appearance at Sheffield Magistrates Court, on August 20, when Froggatt, 38, of Elm Court, Worsborough Bridge, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children.

Recorder Mark McKone said it was a serious offence, which carries up to three years in prison.

He told Froggatt: "Some judges send people to prison for the first instance of downloading. You will not get another chance.

"I am sure you appreciate these images involve young children being raped. These are real children.”

The judge sentenced him to eight months, suspended for two years, and made him the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

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