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Pervert jailed at Northampton Crown Court for sex offences

Published June 28, 2013 by misty534



A pervert has been jailed and told he must sign the sex offender register for the next decade after being convicted of sex offences.


Matthew  Ibbeson,aged 34, from Northampton, was convicted at Northampton Crown Court last week of six child sex offences, including two charges relating to indecent photographs of children.

Ibbeson was sentenced to a total of 22 months in prison.


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Police inspector caught with child sex abuse images for second time

Published June 13, 2013 by misty534




A police inspector with a previous conviction for child sex offences was caught with almost 700 indecent images of children.

Christopher Wratten was found with 659 indecent images of children when police raided his home in 2012.

The 59-year-old was sent to jail for six months a decade ago after admitting downloading images of children being sexually abused.

On Thursday, he was back behind bars after pleading guilty to committing a similar offence.

The former Hastings police inspector quit the force when he was charged as part of a nationwide operation into paedophiles paying to view child abuse websites in 2002.

He then moved to Scotland to start a new life with his wife, who stood by him, after he was released from jail.

But police uncovered hundreds of indecent images of children on his computer again in March 2012.

He admitted being in possession of child abuse material when he appeared at Peterhead Sheriff Court earlier this year and was jailed for a year on Thursday.

Sheriff Gregor Murray described it as a “tragic” case involving an “intelligent” man who had lost all semblance of social standing in both England and Scotland.

He imposed a six-year extended sentence of which Wratten will spend 12 months in custody.

Defence lawyer Stuart Beveridge told the court: “Mr Wratten has a directly analogous previous conviction which dates back ten years. He is under no illusions, he is in a very serious position today.”

Mr Beveridge said his client was initially in denial when his crime came to light ten years ago but now accepted that he had a problem.

He said: “He realises and also now accepts that he has a serious problem. There’s an addiction to alcohol and an addiction to pornography of all types.”

The lawyer said his client handled similar material during his employment as a police officer and had become desensitised. He downloaded images on his computer at home and was eventually caught during a police operation when he lived in England.

The court heard that Wratten had recently installed software to prevent him accessing similar material on his computer and he had gone to his GP for help. He began researching potential treatments and discovered that an anti-depressant prescribed to patients with similar problems in England had been successful.

Mr Beveridge said his client was now taking Prozac, which is known to lower libido, which has had a “significant effect” on his behaviour.

The lawyer said his client had attempted to commit suicide twice and one attempt had left him with health problems. The court heard his wife had supported him through his first conviction but had now left him.

Wratten was initially caught downloading child sexual abuse images when he was a serving officer in 2002. He initially claimed to have been accessing the websites to collect evidence and told police officers that he had been disgusted by what he saw online. Wratten admitted seven counts of making indecent photographs between September 1999 and November 2002 when he appeared in court.

The former police officer, who now lives in Cullen, in Aberdeenshire, was caught with a further 659 images at a property in Aberchirder on March 30, 2012.


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East Grinstead musician faces child sex offences

Published June 13, 2013 by misty534

N EAST Grinstead musician has been charged with child sex offences.

John Gowers, of Great Water Farm, Ashurst Wood, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a child as young as nine-years-old in London in December.

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    CHARGED: Musician John Gowers has been charged with a series of child sex offences

He also faces three counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child during the same month.

The 52-year-old has conducted various concerts and events in East Grinstead, Forest Row and the surrounding area, and he provided entertainment at the East Grinstead Big Swim in the High Street in May 2012.

He also runs taster sessions for adults and children to learn instruments such the violin, cello, clarinet and saxophone.

Gowers appeared for the first hearing at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday last week.

He was bailed on the condition he does not contact the complainant or their mother, or have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18, and the case was committed to Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday, June 26.

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Meltham man appears in court charged with child sex offences

Published April 23, 2013 by misty534



A 62-YEAR-OLD man appeared in court yesterday charged with making indecent photographs of children.

Roy Stobbs, of The Hollow, Meltham, pleaded not guilty to all matters at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

Court papers featured two separate files of charges ranging from offences including level 1 images to more serious level 4 types.

There are also charges relating to “possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying an act which threatened life”.

The accusations are dated from November 2008 to June 2011.

Prosecutor Alex Bozman said the charges related to the examination of a computer which was recovered from Stobbs’ home in June 2012.

Chairman of the bench, Brian Bedford, told the defendant: “These matters are too serious for this court.”

He granted Stobbs unconditional bail and said he was required to attend Kirklees Magistrates’ Court again for a committal hearing on June 17 at 3pm.

Afterwards, Stobbs’ solicitor, Patrick Bernard, said it was unclear how many charges his client would ultimately face as the ones on the court papers were so-called specimen charges

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Sittingbourne man jailed for child sex offences

Published April 23, 2013 by misty534



A 39-year-old man has been jailed after admitting 14 child sex offences.

Nicholas Bryce of William Street in Sittingbourne, was sentenced before Canterbury Crown Court on Monday to 15 years in prison.

Bryce had been arrested in December after an 11-year-old girl claimed that he had sexually assaulted her on a number of occasions. Bryce had also made the girl look at images of child abuse.

Bryce was charged with four counts of rape, three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of causing a child to watch a sex act, four counts of sexual assault and with breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Bryce was sentenced to 15 years and was given an extended sentence, which will see him serve a minimum of 10 years.

DC Emily Hooper said: “‘Bryce put his victim through a sustained period of depraved sexual abuse, showing a complete lack of respect for another human being.

“‘As a punishment, he will have to spend a considerable amount of time behind bars. I hope the length of the sentence will highlight how seriously both the police and the courts treat this type of offending, and that it will encourage anyone who suspects such abuse, or who has been a victim, to report it to police safe in the knowledge that we will do everything in our power to put the offender in prison.”


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