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Pensioner jailed for sharing indecent images of children

Published May 24, 2013 by misty534


A pensioner has been jailed for six months after police found hundreds of indecent images of children on his computer.


Preston Crown Court heard Robert Parkinson, 65, shared the images with people he had met on the internet.

Parkinson, of Connaught Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

He was arrested following a raid at his home in Broadgate on April 12 last year after officers learned he had uploaded indecent pictures of children onto an online storage device.

They seized his computer and analysis by a high tech crime unit revealed he had shared images on the internet.

The former video shop owner sent 232 images to four separate email accounts.

He attempted to send images to further accounts but failed due to a typing error.

During police interviews he admitted accessing and downloading the images and sending them via email.

Andrew Creswell, prosecuting, said: “He said he had no recollection of uploading the images on Microsoft Sky Drive because he had suffered a stroke some years beforehand.

“He denied being part of a club that shared images but accepted sending images to a person who had themselves sent him images.

“He said he had no wish to defend the images and did not want to attempt to justify in any form what he had done.

“He said it was due to stupidity and ignorance and something to do with ‘the forbidden fruit thing’, but denied gaining sexual gratification from it. He knew it was wrong and an immoral act.”

Parkinson, who the court heard is a secretary for two companies, has a previous conviction for 14 similar offences in August 2003.

Judge Michael Byrne sent him to prison and made him subject to a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Speaking after the case, Det Con Justin Singleton, from Preston CID, said: “Each indecent image of a young person on a computer identifies at least one child that has been abused. It doesn’t matter where this is in the world and we will continue to work with other authorities such as CEOP to protect vulnerable children.

“Protecting young people is a priority for us and we will ensure that those who view, possess and distribute indecent images of children are identified and brought to justice.”

Man jailed over indecent images of children

Published May 22, 2013 by misty534


A MAN who was found with thousands of indecent images of children in his possesion has been jailed.

Melvyn Carter, 69, unemployed, of Malvern Way, was sentenced to 15 months in prison when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (May 21).

At an earlier hearing he had pleaded guilty to 11 offences, 10 of which related to more than 14,500 still images, and two videos, of children, and the 11th related to his possession of more than 13,000 prohibited computer-generated images of children.

Carter was also served with a ten-year Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO) severely restricting his access to children and computers, and will be required to register as a sex offender on his release from prison.

Detective constable Chris Smith of the Sussex Police Paedophile On-Line Team (POLIT) said: “Carter initially tried to maintain that he had been looking at sites containing horrific images of child abuse purely for research in order to get them taken down, but eventually admitted that he had been doing so for several years.”

None of the images are believed to be of local children and there is no evidence of any physical offending against children.


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Music teacher who groomed pupil and “dared” her to send indecent images jailed for 22 months

Published January 18, 2013 by misty534


A music teacher who groomed a pupil he had taught for seven years, “dared” her to send him indecent images, and sent her pictures and videos of him performing sex acts on himself has been jailed for 22 months.


Father-of-two Philip Cunningham had the then 14-year-old’s mobile number to arrange lessons and exchanged some 6,000 texts with her, which became increasingly inappropriate.

Northampton Crown Court heard today that as the exchanges escalated, Cunningham gave his victim a thong in a Christmas card and asked her to send him a picture of her wearing it.

The court was also told 40-year-old Cunningham attempted to put some of the blame on his victim, saying she had a “persistent nature”.

In an impact statement, the victim said the ordeal had a “profound psychological effect” on her.

The court was told Cunningham was a self-employed teacher who taught at schools across Northamptonshire, including Northampton.

The matter came to light when a friend of the victim confided in her mother about it, and she told the school.

Michael Magee, prosecuting, said: “The defendant had the victim’s mobile number in order to make contact to organise lessons. The texts became gradually more flirtatious and inappropriate.

“The defendant described a number of ‘dares’ to send a photo of herself naked. At Christmas 2011 he presented her with a card with a thong in it, which he dared her to wear in a lesson, take a picture of her wearing it, and sent it to him.

“He increasingly developed this position of trust and groomed her.”

Simon Hunka, mitigating, said: “This is a very sad set of circumstances for every single person involved in this. He does not seek to blame her.

“He is not in any way what some people may call a predator. He is absolutely not the type of person to be seeking out children to commit offences of this nature.

“He has come to the conclusion that there is something wrong in his mind.”

Sentencing Cunningham, Judge Rupert Mayo said: “Teachers must guard against any relationships becoming inappropriate. There must be a sacred trust and that has been broken.

“Only a sentence of immediate custody can be justified. What you did was manipulate this child so she would do what you asked.

“You know you should have stopped yourself from doing what you did, but you didn’t.”

Speaking to the Chron outside court, the victim’s father said: “As a dad I don’t think you can ever be totally satisfied, but we have to take whatever we can from it.

“I don’t know what could ever appease parents in that situation, but I am satisfied it has been made clear who he is and what he is, and that he has been dealt with.”

Cunningham, of Martinique Meadows, Bletchley will be made to sign the sex offenders’ register, and will remain on it for 10 years.

He admitted charges of making and possessing indecent images of children between October 1, 2011 and January 13, 2012.

Welsh town left stunned by US paedophile James Hanna’s conviction

Published January 14, 2013 by misty534


James Hanna was a charming American with a grand vision for a small Welsh town. Today, his conviction for child abuse has left Blaenavon stunned – and questioning his motives. Alison Sanders and Simon Gaskell revisit Booktown

Silver-haired James Hanna arrived in Blaenavon in 2003 with a vision.

The respected businessman wanted to transform the struggling former iron-making town into a cultural hotspot.

With its World Heritage status and literary credentials as the setting for Alexander Cordell’s famous novel Rape of the Fair Country, he believed the deprived Valleys town could come to rival Hay-on-Wye as a book-lover’s paradise.

He was welcomed by residents who applauded his ambition – and celebrated as his efforts appeared to take root.

Few questioned his motivation, still less suspected that 10 years later he would be exposed as a paedophile and left facing a sentence of up to 60 years behind bars in the United States

The native of the southern US state of Arkansas, now 66, admitted this week to producing sexually explicit photos of two 13-year-old girls in America.

He faces a further six state charges including three counts of rape and three counts of sexual indecency, for which a trial starts next week.

Hanna was arrested after a parent contacted the Sheriff’s Office in rural Madison County last August claiming he had sexually assaulted two 13-year-old girls.

Investigators discovered Hanna had been taking sexually explicit photos of the children at his home.

The revelation, which led to his guilty plea this week, has sparked a fresh investigation by Gwent Police into his behaviour during his three years in Blaenavon – and left the town in shock.

Town councillor and estate agent Janet Jones said: “It is quite a shock to think that it could have been going on in our midst.

“But I am sure that if that had been going on we would have known about it and we would have acted upon it.”

Janet said she only knew Hanna professionally.

“I had very little to do with him – I only knew him in a professional capacity. He came to us looking for properties to rent and we provided the insurance for a commercial premises.

“He was the ultimate businessman.”

Hanna had previously run a bookshop in New Orleans which he said had suffered from the decline in tourism after the terrorist attacks of September 11.

His plan for Blaenavon was to open at least ten new bookshops in council-owned properties at reduced rents.

Stephanie and Andrew Nummelin were already in the book trade and were interested in Hanna’s idea.

They own Browning Books – one of the last surviving shops from the book town project.

Stephanie said: “I was born and brought up in the town and it had particular interest for us. The economy was flat at that time. We heard the presentations by James Hanna and others and we took time to make our decision.

“There weren’t many days James wasn’t around town and would pop his head around the door to say morning.

“It was a very new project, new people were coming on board all the time, we had discussions about the level of stock, it was a very vibrant time really with a lot going on.”

She said Hanna was “remarkably good” at the job he did.

Stephanie said: “He was a very good networker, he knew how to talk to people.

“He got a reporter from The Times and the Guardian involved and it was really down to him. He was very good at doing that sort of thing.

“He was larger than life, easy to talk to, very buoyant about the future, he was a big character.”

She said they were “absolutely staggered” by Hanna’s crimes in America.

Andrew said: “He was a bit of a crazy Yank but anyone trying to come in and regenerate what looked like the back streets of Beirut would be regarded as crazy.

“It was a shock. We knew he had a penchant for top-shelf literature but beyond that we had no suspicions at all.”

Stephanie said Hanna was also involved in a youth project, separate from herself and other booksellers, which was designed to promote interest in the town among local youngsters.

She said: “They were given a disposable camera and did workshops to point them in the right direction. The idea was the photos would be printed to showcase what could be done.

“It was supposed to be a youth project.”

Another bookseller who signed up for the Blaenavon Booktown project said she also found Hanna charming and easy to talk to.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “To me, I didn’t find him anything else than perfectly pleasant.”

She said there was no indication of anything sinister.

She said: “The only thing he showed was an interest in adult porn as he had porn books on the top shelf of his shop – soft porn, nothing unpleasant, just photography books but with an interest in the female body.”

Hanna was living in Blaenavon at the time of the project and rented living space and a shop for himself from Janet White.

At the time of his arrest in the States, Janet told Wales Online how she was “appalled” by the crimes he had been linked with.

Janet said: “He was a tenant of mine for three years and there was not an inkling.

“He was polite, paid his rent on time and when he left, the place was immaculate.

“I didn’t know him personally, I only knew him with the book town thing.

“It’s absolutely appalling, terrible, terrible, terrible.”

Barbara Lewis, chair of Blaenavon Traders’ Association when Hanna began his venture said, people had been “taken in” by Hanna and his “silver tongue”.

Not everyone in Blaenavon was satisfied with Hanna’s work and he was accused at one time of owing people money.

Stephanie said: “Some people at the time were dissatisfied. I have to say we didn’t have any particular problems with him. We paid for the books and shelves and got them.”

Torfaen council, which had supported Hanna’s work in Blaenavon, said the only concerns ever raised about Hanna were to do with his immigration status and a trade dispute’.

Gwent Police said the only complaint it received about Hanna before he left Wales in 2006 related to fraud. It is now reinvestigating.



Chippenham IT manager jailed for having indecent images of children

Published January 14, 2013 by misty534

IT manager Russell Morgan, who distributed indecent images of children over the internet, has been jailed for 16 months.

The father-of-two shared the pictures with ‘like minded’ people after engaging in disgusting online conversations in chat rooms.

The 57-year-old , of Curlew Drive, Chippenham, then sent packages of vile images of child sex abuse to three people.

Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that Morgan was caught after police in north Wales were investigating a man for child sex abuse.

She said it became clear that he had been corresponding with a computer registered to the defendant.

Online chat showed they had been talking about pictures of children and activities with them, the court was told.

As a result of what they recovered the police raided Morgan’s home, and a number of computers and storage media were seized.

Officer not only found 523 indecent images of children stored in files but also vast quantities of chat logs on Google Hello about ‘paedophilia’ and child abuse.

They also found that on three occasions in 2006 he sent packages of pictures of child abuse to people he had been corresponding with.

On the first he sent four low level images, then he twice sent a collection of 28 pictures, including some in the worst categories, to other users.

Miss Hingston said it was also found that he had put a series of vile terms into search engines as he sought out other images of abuse.

When he was questioned he initially denied knowing what Google Hello was, but largely accepted what was on the computers had been put there by him.

Morgan pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution, five of making and one of possessing indecent images of children.

Alex Daymond, defending, said that the amount of images recovered was not in the tens of thousands as the courts often see.

He said his client was a ‘regular but infrequent viewer’ of the material over a long period of time.

Mr Daymond said his client and society would be better served if he were to keep his liberty so he could go on a sex offenders programme to address his offending.

He said the offences represented Morgan’s first brush with the law.

Morgan, he said, hadn’t told his employers about the situation, and felt he would probably keep his job if he was not jailed.

Jailing him Judge Euan Ambrose said: “These distribution charges, especially of the level four and five images, are the most serious charges before the court.

“They involved the circulation of the images. It has to be observed that each of these images involved a real child suffering real sexual abuse.

“This is not some victimless crime: it is the possession and distribution of images of real children.

“Of course you were not the abuser but your activities and the activities of other people who behave in such a way encourage the abuse of children.”

As well as jailing him he imposed a sexual offence prevention order restricting his liberty, told him he must register as a sex offender for ten years and his name would be on the barred list from working with children.

Jersey paedophile gets two years for indecent images

Published December 18, 2012 by misty534



A man has been jailed for two years for downloading more than 3,000 indecent images of children.

Jersey’s Royal Court heard Edward Jonathon Le Galle, 20, from St Helier, had a sexual attraction to young boys.

Le Galle started looking at indecent images of children when he was 14, the court heard.

He had more than 2,500 images and more than 500 movie files with 20% in the two most serious categories. The images featured children as young as five.

‘Disgusting images’

The Crown argued there was a high chance Le Galle would re-offend and pushed for a prison term.

Le Galle pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent images of children.

His defence lawyer argued his young age – most of the images were made when he was 18 to 19 – should be taken into account.

Judge Sir Michael Birt told the court the crimes were not victimless, real children had been involved in making “disgusting images”.

Sir Michael said it was to Le Galle’s credit he had owned up but the seriousness of the crime made prison unavoidable.

He said: “Those who watch such images fuel demand and encourage more people to go on making pictures.

“It is not a victimless crime, real children are involved in making these pictures.”


Scotland Yard investigating allegations senior politicians abused children in the 1980s and used ‘connections’ to escape justice

Published December 12, 2012 by misty534

Metropolitan Police’s child abuse investigation team have interviewed several adults who claim that they were sexually assaulted as children by MPs in a paedophile ring

Scotland Yard detectives are looking into allegations that senior politicians abused children in the 1980s and escaped justice because they were protected by their powerful connections.

During past weeks officers from the Metropolitan Police’s child abuse investigation team have interviewed several adults who claim that they were sexually assaulted as children by MPs in a paedophile ring.

The team was set up following claims by Labour MP Tom Watson in the House Commons that the police should look afresh at claims of a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10”.

Until today when the Metropolitan Police confirmed its existence, the inquiry, Operation Fairbank, had been operating in secret at the headquarters of the Child Abuse Investigation Team at Empress State Building in Earl’s Court, London.

Officers with the team, part of the Specialist Crimes and Operations Directorate, have spoken regularly to Mr Watson.

The Metropolitan Police stressed that Operation Fairbank was a “scoping exercise” aimed at a preliminary assessment of the evidence rather than a formal inquiry.

However, officers are understood to be taking the witnesses’s claims very seriously and are expected to make arrests in coming weeks.

Raising the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions on 24 October, Mr Watson – who alleged widespread phone hacking at the News of the World before police began a new inquiry – urged police to re-open the evidence file on Peter Righton.

Righton, a former consultant to the National Children’s Bureau, was convicted of importing and possessing illegal homosexual pornographic material in 1992.

Saying that the file contained “clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring”, the MP said: “One of its members boasts of a link to a senior aide of a former Prime Minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.

“The leads were not followed up, but if the files still exist, I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10.”

Five officers are working on the inquiry.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers have spoken with MP Tom Watson who has passed on some information which is now being looked into.

“As a result, officers are continuing to collate information. This is being assessed by officers under Operation Fairbank.

“We would continue to appeal to anyone who has concerns to report them to us. Any information is treated with the utmost seriousness and can be given in confidence.”

Updating the public on the investigation into alleged sexual offences in showbusiness, Scotland Yard said that the number of alleged sex abuse victims of the late BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile had reached 450.

Commander Peter Spindler, head of Operation Yewtree, suggested Savile – who escaped detection and died aged 84 last October – had been a serial abuser of children.

Commander Spindler said: “Savile’s offending peaked in the 70s and what we can show, or will be showing in the New Year, is how he used his position in society across the country – the crimes relate to 17 different police force areas – how he exploited this position to get his sexual gratification.”

In total, 589 alleged victims have come forward to allege abuse by Savile and others.

Over the past two months, detectives have arrested several high-profile names, including the comedian Freddie Starr, the former BBC disc jockey Dave Lee Travis, the former BBC producer Wilfred De’Ath and the publicist Max Clifford. They all deny any wrongdoing. Gary Glitter, who was also arrested, has not yet issued a statement.