Child entertainer and balloon artist surrendered to police after girlfriend found child pornography on tablet, court hears
- Samuel Stamp-Dod’s girlfriend found the child pornography and told him to turn himself in
- Stamp-Dod, 46, admitted to taking indecent pictures of children three times
- He has been sentenced to eight months in prison and suspended for two years
A child entertainer turned himself over to the police after his shocked girlfriend found child pornography on his tablet, a court heard.
Samuel Stamp-Dod’s girlfriend found an indecent photo of a ten-year-old on the balloon artist’s tablet and went on to search for more child pornography, prosecutor Matthew Bagnall told Ipswich Crown Court.
She had gone downstairs early in the morning to get a glass of water when she made the grim discovery.
Balloon maker Samuel Stamp-Dod turned himself in to Ipswich police after his girlfriend found child pornography on his tablet
She ended their relationship and told him to report himself to the police.
The entertainer, who has won awards for his balloon sculptures, went to the Ipswich Police Station, spoke to officers and handed them his phone.
A police investigation of his devices found 216 indecent images of the most serious kind – category A – along with 304 in category B and 1030 in category C.
Stamp-Dod, of Ipswich, 46, admitted to taking indecent images of children three times on January 5 last year and possessing an extremely pornographic image.
Judge Emma Peters told him that ‘whoever views indecent images feeds child abuse’.
She added, “That’s why you should be ashamed of yourself. It has a huge and devastating impact on the lives of children. ‘
Stamp-Dod was sentenced to eight months in prison, two years suspension, 60 days of rehabilitation, a requirement to sign the sex offender registry for ten years, and is subject to a ten-year injunction to prevent sexual harm
Stamp-Dod was sentenced to eight months in prison, two years probation and up to 60 days for rehabilitation.
He must also sign the sex offender register for ten years and was subject to a ten-year injunction to prevent sexual harm.
David Stewart, defensively, said Stamp-Dod was already involved in child protection charity, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, and the Stop It Now helpline.
He added, “He makes no attempt to downplay or justify his actions.”
Mr. Stewart added that Stamp-Dod has now closed its business called VIP Balloons.
Stamp-Dod is the former President of the Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association.
He has described himself on his website as a professional balloon artist since 2001.
His company offered special balloons and entertainment packages for parties for children and adults, as well as weddings and corporate events.