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Paedophile who posed online as 13-year-old girl snared by undercover police officer

Published August 1, 2013 by misty534

STUNG: Anthony Nelson


A PAEDOPHILE posed as a 13-year-old girl on the internet to prey on other youngsters and try to arrange meetings so he could abuse them.

But Anthony Nelson became the victim of a double-bluff – because one of his targets was really an undercover police officer pretending to be a child.

Nelson, 51, from Shildon, County Durham, is now facing a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to a string of sickening charges in court.

Police last night warned of the dangers of social networking sites and again called on adults to carefully monitor what their children do on-line.

Twice-married Nelson was arrested in January when it emerged he had contacted an 11-year-old girl through a false Facebook account he had set up.

Pretending to be a 13-year-old, he slyly gained the confidence of his victims and persuaded some of them to send him their mobile telephone numbers.

The depraved dad then began engaging in sexually explicit text messages with the youngsters – some still at primary school – and tried to set up meetings.

What bearded and bespectacled Nelson did not know was that one of his intended victims was in fact an undercover officer from Durham Constabulary.

A concerned parent had alerted the police about the Facebook messages sent to their own child – and detectives discovered there were many more.

An examination of Nelson’s computer showed he had contacted dozens of children all over the country over six months – including many in the North-East.

Where possible, police have spoken to the parents of the youngsters and to schools to tell them what the former hotel night porter had been up to.

The balding pervert admitted making and possessing pictures of child abuse and bestiality, and inciting children to engage in sexual activity.

With his head bowed and through occasional sounds of sobbing, he also pleaded guilty to trying to arrange a meeting with a girl to commit a sex crime.

He was remanded in custody and will return toTeesside Crown Court later this month to be sentenced after background reports have been prepared.

Detective Constable Jonathan Stoker, who investigated the case, said last night that he had preyed on his victims’ nativity in a sickening way.

He told The Northern Echo: “Nelson has taken advantage of young children, some of whom were still in primary school, to fulfil his sexual desires.

“While I have been speaking to some of the families affected by this case, one parent commented that ‘it was like he had been in their house’.

“I would encourage parents and carers to make sure that if a child is part of a social network like Facebook, to check the account settings and to make sure it is as private as possible.”

Nelson, of Redworth Road, admitted two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence.

He also pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making indecent images of children, possessing 1,384 such images and possessing extreme pornography.

His barrister, Carl Swift, told Judge Peter Bowers that Nelson hoped to be sentenced straight away but his probation report had not been prepared.


The Northern Echo

Durham church minister caught with indecent images of children is spared jail

Published July 25, 2013 by misty534

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A CHURCH minister who had indecent images of children on his computer has been spared an immediate jail sentence – because of his “exemplary conduct” with youngsters.


District Judge Christina Harrison said she could suspend the sentence on The Rev Kenneth Mankin after the prosecution offered no evidence he has behaved anything other than “entirely properly” in his dealings with children in the church, Scouts and Boys’ Brigade.

She said: “I also note the images found on his computer were largely of boys in their mid-teens, not young children.

“It also appears his interest in these images is fairly recent, dating back to last year. All of these factors I regard as mitigation and they enable me to suspend the appropriate prison sentence.”

Mankin, 74, of Richmond Road, Newton Hall, Durham City, is a retired Methodist minister who has held several offices in the church, including circuit superintendent in County Durham.

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard police raided his home after a tip-off.

“Various items were seized,” said prosecutor John Garside.

“Contained on the computer hard drive were 15 images later classed as indecent. Six were at the least serious level one, four were at level two, and five at level four, which is one category down from the most serious.” Mankin admitted seven charges of making indecent images of children. He was of previous good character.

Michelle Gallagher, defending, handed in references on Mankin’s behalf and urged the court to follow the suggestion in the pre-sentence report of a community-based sentence.

Judge Harrison sentenced Mankin to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.

Mankin must take part in a sex offender treatment programme for two years, and register as a sex offender for seven years.

He was made the subject of a five-year sexual offences prevention order banning him from working with children.

Judge Harrison said the order applied to any work with children, either paid or unpaid. Mankin was ordered to pay £85 costs.


Sunderland Echo

OAP paedophile, 75, jailed

Published May 11, 2013 by misty534



A 75-YEAR-OLD paedophile who told police children enjoyed being abused has been jailed.

John Blackie is starting his second prison sentence after he was locked up for three years for possessing internet pornography in 2009, Durham Crown Court heard.

“As part of that sentence he was banned from owning a laptop,” said Liam O’Brien, prosecuting. “He was also only allowed to access the internet for specific reasons, such as looking for work.

“In April of this year police searched his home.

“They found a laptop, wrapped in a plastic bag, hidden in the dishwasher.”

The court was told an examination of the laptop found it had been used to search the internet for sexual images of children, and hundreds of images had been stored on its hard drive.

Mr O’Brien added: “Blackie was interviewed by police and admitted he had searched for and downloaded the images.

“He commented that it looked like some of the children were enjoying themselves.”

Blackie, of Hilda Park, Chester-le-Street, admitted breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order between July, 2012, and April of this year.

Tony Davis, defending, said in mitigation: “This offending and his previous conviction indicates Mr Blackie has a problem.

“It is a problem he recognises and one he hopes he can receive treatment for during the inevitable prison sentence.

“To his credit, he was frank and honest from the start of this investigation, and has not sought to waste any police or court time.”

The Recorder, Mr Bryan Cox QC, jailed Blackie for two years.

The recorder told him: “This was a determined effort to access these images which you are well aware you should not be looking at.”

Blackie’s sexual offences prevention order was extended for the rest of his life.

Man had stash of child porn

Published April 30, 2013 by misty534



A MAN has admitted downloading pornographic photographs of children from the internet.

Steven Jackson, 26, appeared before Durham Crown Court and admitted 17 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child.

Tom Moran, defending, applied for a pre-sentence report from the probation service.

Judge Christopher Prince granted the report and ordered Jackson, of Southdowns, Chester-le-Street, to return to the court on May 24 to be dealt with.

He released Jackson on bail, but warned him all sentencing options, including custody, remain open.


Southern Echo