Essex man Simon Glerum sentenced for importing a child sex doll in landmark case

Officers also found a fictional story describing the sexual abuse of a child

The doll seized at Stansted Airport (Essex Police)

Friday, September 29, 2017

An Essex man who imported a childlike sex doll has been sentenced for sexual offences in what has been described as a landmark case. 

Simon Glerum, 33, was arrested in January after Border Force officers intercepted a parcel from Hong Kong containing the 3ft 3ins (101cm) doll at Stansted Airport. 

The package was labelled as a mannequin and also came with items including a body stocking. The doll was anatomically correct. 

Essex Police officers arrested Glerum at his home in Bridge Street, Great Bardfield, and items including computer equipment were seized. A laptop was found to contain 21 images or films of child abuse classed as Category A (the most serious); four of Category B; five of Category C; and eight prohibited images. These had been downloaded from the internet. 

He appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on August 23 and admitted importing the sex doll, three counts of making indecent images of a child and one count of possession of a prohibited image. 

He was sentenced today (Friday September 29) to a 12-month suspended sentence for each of the five counts that will run concurrently, a five-year sexual harm prevention order, complete a sex offender treatment programme and 20 days in rehabilitation. The doll has been forfeited and will be destroyed.

Detective Inspector Neal Miller, of the Crime and Public Protection Command, said: “The importation of childlike sex dolls can be an indication of offences being committed against children, as in this case, where images of child abuse were found on Glerum’s computer. 

“We will always investigate and deal with such cases robustly and have made a number of arrests. One is currently going through the courts. 

“We work closely with Border Force, National Crime Agency and Crown Prosecution Service in our commitment to prevent the importation of these obscene items and to protect children from harm.” 

Anyone with information on someone who has imported a childlike sex doll is asked to contact police on 101. 

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a UK-wide child protection charity focused on preventing child sexual abuse, offers support to adults concerned about their sexual thoughts and behaviour towards children. 

The charity runs Stop it Now! – a child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline. 

For more information on how Stop it Now! helps people address their online behaviour, please visit the website or call the confidential Stop it Now! helpline on 0808 1000 900.