London university lecturer with images of baby rape jailed

A university lecturer caught with horrific images of babies being raped on his computer has been jailed for a year and three months.

Mikko Sihvonen, 37, originally from Finland, was arrested after police found 83 images on his computer, the majority of which were in the most serious category for their sexual violence and depravity.

Sihvonen, of Elyne Road in Stroud Green, north London moved to the UK in 1999 and has lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He admitted three counts of making indecent photographs  

Mikko Sihvonen (pictured), 37, originally from Finland, was arrested after police found 83 images on his computer, the majority of which were in the most serious category for their sexual violence and depravity

Mikko Sihvonen (pictured), 37, originally from Finland, was arrested after police found 83 images on his computer, the majority of which were in the most serious category for their sexual violence and depravity

Prosecuting, Jeffrey Israel told the Old Bailey: 'Before he was charged he was interviewed again and he admitted that in January that he had downloaded a bulk of images but nothing in relation to children.

'The defendant said he had never seen such images and he had never searched for anyone younger than 17.

'The prosecution do not accept that account that he had put forward at interview.

'After the interview he made admissions that he had been in contact with a 17-year-old boy.'

Judge Oliver Sells, QC, said:

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