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Pensioner jailed for sharing indecent images of children

Published May 24, 2013 by misty534

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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.”

 

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Man jailed over indecent images of children

Published May 22, 2013 by misty534

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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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Norfolk pensioner on indecent images charges fled to Philippines

Published February 26, 2013 by misty534

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A Hethersett pensioner who downloaded more than 600 indecent images of children fled to the Philippines for nearly a year-and-a-half before finally being arrested when he returned to Britain, a court heard.

Colin Harvey, 65, was found with the images when police raided his address in Great Melton Road, Hethersett, in August, 2010, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Kevin Eastwick, prosecuting, said there was a total of 656 images but most had been deleted from his computer equipment.

However, after being bailed he failed to turn up as requested in June 2011.

“He spent most of that time in the Philippines and when he returned in November 2012 he was charged with the offences,” said Mr Eastwick.

He said Harvey pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children and had been in custody since his court appearance on November 23 last year.

Ian James, for Harvey, said he had deleted the images. “They were not retained for continuing use.”

Sentencing him, Judge Mark Lucraft told Harvey: “From June 2011 till November last year, you were at large and appear to have spent most of that time in the Philippines.”

He gave Harvey an eight-month sentence suspended for two years, ordered him to attend an internet sex offenders programme and placed him on 24 months supervision.

He also made Harvey subject to a sexual offences prevention order which monitors his use of the internet and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Paedophile spiritualist told 13-year-old girl she would make an ‘excellent medium’ before asking her for sex

Published February 25, 2013 by misty534

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  • Gareth Edwards befriended girl’s parents through a spiritual church group
  • He seduced her on Facebook, with more than 600 chat logs between them
  • Judge said it was ‘every parent’s nightmare’ the way he gained their trust
  • Police found a video of a three-year-old girl being raped on his computer
  • Edwards was jailed for 26 months and banned from working with children

The leader of a spiritualist group who told a teenage girl she would make an ‘excellent medium’ while grooming her for sex on Facebook has been jailed.

Gareth Edwards, 33, used his spiritualist church group to befriend the 13-year-old girl’s family before trying to seduce her online.

A court heard Edwards carried out a ‘long campaign’ of grooming, with more than 600 chat logs found between the two.

The judge said it was ‘every parent’s nightmare’, with Edwards using a degree of charm to gain the family’s trust.

He told the young girl she would be an ‘excellent medium’ before asking her to have sex with him on the social networking website.

West Midlands Police arrested Edwards when the victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – told them he tried to have sex with her in a car.

Officers seized a computer and hard drive from his home in Coventry. On it they found a series of indecent videos, including one of a three-year-old girl being raped.

Edwards, who lived with his mother, had admitted one charge of sexual assault and four of making indecent images, and was jailed for 26 months on Friday at Warwick Crown Court.

Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said: ‘You are here because of what happened with a 13-year-old girl.

‘You made it clear that at a later stage you wished to have a sexual relationship, and you took advantage of her when you were in a car together.

This was the culmination of a long campaign. To characterise it as just a kiss in a car does not begin to cover what really happened.

This is every parent’s nightmare because you managed to use a degree of personal charm to obtain the trust of her family.

‘When you were arrested you were found to have a small number of indecent images. This comes as no surprise, because no matter how much you claim this was personal to her, the fact remains you have a sexual interest in children.

‘The images themselves are serious. They are video footage showing real situations; and the worst of them shows a girl of three being raped.

‘They are images the vast majority of members of the public would find horrifying. Those are real children who are exploited for a market; and the market is created by people like you.’

The court heard Edwards met the girl’s family through his spiritual church group.

Prosecutor Theresa Thorp said the online interactions between the two were initially about the girl’s schoolwork, before Edwards asked her ‘Would you kiss me? Would you hug me? Would you have sex with me?’.

Antonie Muller, defending, said there was ‘a body of information’ on Edwards, who was described as ‘a social and sexual inadequate’ – including psychiatric and pre-sentence report

She said: ‘He got qualifications on the internet and had a genuine interest in spiritualist groups.

‘It is not a world he created to come into contact with young people. She stumbled into his world by accident.

‘The messages are completely unrealistic romantic fantasies. This man, after all that, built himself up to kissing a 13-year-old girl on the lips once; and when he was rebuffed, it fizzled and died.

‘He has come to realise there is a dividing line between fantasy and reality.’

Edwards was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years and banned for life from doing any paid or voluntary work which brings him into contact with children.
by Alex Gore

 

Paedophile jailed after searching online images at Gloucester Library

Published February 7, 2013 by misty534

CONVICTED paedophile David Fitzmaurice shocked library users when surfing the internet for child pornography.

The 51-year-old was jailed for 15 months after admitting two counts of making an indecent photograph of a child under 13, along with two charges of possessing nearly 100 indecent photographs of children.

 
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Judge Jamie Tabor QC ignored sentencing guidelines and sent Fitzmaurice to jail after Gloucester Crown Court heard his history of child sexual offences dated back to 1978.

Fitzmaurice was looking at the images in Gloucester Library just two days after being released from Ryecroft probation hostel.

Prosecutor Christopher Smythe said he was seen by members of the public and asked to leave by staff on September 12, 2012.

Police were called and his internet history checked, which exposed the photographs. A search of his Arthur Street home found a memory stick with further images.

Mr Smythe said Fitzmaurice was still on licence for a previous offence in April 2003, which he had breached before.

Defending, Dermot Clarke said: “There are some changes and you will see this is not a man that has committed any other crime whatsoever. No matter how vile that is these are for his own personal gratification and it appears there has been a change of attitude and he was more candid than ever before.”

The court heard if Fitzmaurice had been subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) which has come into force since his sentence in 2003, he could have faced up to five years in jail.

Judge Tabor said: “In this case I cannot follow the guidelines of a non-custodial sentence as I would be failing in my public duty.”

The judge also imposed an indefinite SOPO

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Arbroath man’s PC had almost 1,000 child sex abuse images

Published February 6, 2013 by misty534

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David Reany was convicted of possessing indecent images at Arbroath Sheriff Court.

Nearly 1,000 images of child sex abuse were found on a 20-year-old Tayside man’s computer.

 

David Reany, of Lethnot Road, Arbroath, was convicted on an indictment of possession of indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children between February 12 and 15 last year, during an appearance at Arbroath Sheriff Court.

The court heard that factory worker Reany, who lives at home with his parents, had been the subject of Tayside Police investigation after officers were alerted to inappropriate conversations with girls aged 15 and 17 via a website.

Depute fiscal Jill Drummond said: “Various inquiries were carried out and traced back to the accused. A search warrant was obtained and officers attended and searched the locus on February 15.”

A laptop and two electronic notebooks were found. A total of 954 live images of child abuse were discovered ranging from levels one to four on the crown’s definitive scale.

A further 11,435 pictures were found that were deemed “concerning,” although not indecent.

Sheriff Peter Paterson deferred sentence for reports and a psychological assessment.

Derbyshire head teacher arrested over indecent child images

Published February 6, 2013 by misty534

THE headteacher of a Pinxton primary school has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images.

 

Matthew Pendelton (36), head teacher of Kirkstead Junior School, was arrested in Alfreton on 22nd January and has been released on bail.

Glyn Julian, associate head at the Pinxton Road school, said Mr Pendleton has been suspended and parents have been informed.

He said: “We have sent a letter to parents which explains Mr Pendleton is the subject of a police enquiry.

“Because it’s an ongoing police enquiry, that is all the information we have been able to give to parents. He has been suspended, that is clear in the letter to parents.”

Mr Julian added how assistant head Alison Hardy has been put in place as acting head teacher.

“It is important to maintain the continuing of education for the children,” he said.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “Police can confirm that a 36-year-old man was arrested in Alfreton on 22nd January suspicion of possession of indecent images.

“He was questioned and released on police bail.”

Gainsborough paedophile jailed for child porn offences

Published February 5, 2013 by misty534

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A SICK PAEDOPHILE from Gainsborough has been jailed for possessing over 400 ‘horrendous’ images and videos of child pornography

 

Phillip Morgan, 46, was from Saxilby but has been residing at Sanders Maltings, Gainsborough since he was charged 20 months ago.

Among the images found by police were photos of the most extreme form – level 5 – and included ‘the rape and torture of children.’

Morgan was due to stand trial by jury this month but changed his plea to guilty when he admitted nine charges of making an indecent photograph of a child on dates between 13th November 2009 and 4th April 2011 and also pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited image of a child and two charges of possessing a total of 415 indecent images of a child on 12th May 2011.

On internet forums and chat rooms he made requests such as ‘Do you have any hardcore pre-teen pics – the harder the better’ and ‘the younger the better’.

He also bragged on chat rooms about having sexually abused children.

Lincoln Crown Court also heard how that through email addresses and user names that Morgan set up, he tried to shift the blame onto his business partner Paul Metcalfe – with whom he ran cleaning company Soniclean in Lincoln. The images were downloaded to a laptop and USB stick found when police raided their Monk’s Road office.

Of the 415 indecent images and videos seized, 16 of them were ‘level five’.

Morgan originally denied knowledge of the images and claimed that he and Mr Metcalfe shared use of the computer. In reality, Mr Metcalfe spent the majority of his working time out of the office and a police investigation revealed that he was not near the computer when the offences were committed.

Defending Morgan in mitigation, Mr Cramner-Brown told the court: “ Prison would be a painful experience for him.”

Sentencing the father of three to 10 months in prison and a 10-year sexual offence order, Judge Samson told Morgan: “You clearly had a perverted interest in children. You were participating in their abuse by viewing it and by requesting others to make it for your consumption.”

“These images included the rape and torture of children. Only a custodial sentence is appropriate. You showed a degree of sophistication to cast blame elsewhere and cast suspicion upon Mr Metcalfe. You could have owned up immediately and avoided the anguish he has suffered.”

Morgan was also given a 10-year sex offence order whereby he is banned from unsupervised contact with children, as well as contacting or communicating with children. His computer will also be suspect to police inspection.

Speaking to The Standard after the trial Mr Metcalfe said: “I’ve known him for 15 years, and I’m devastated that he could try to implicate one of his best friends and business colleagues. He hasn’t been part of the business since he was charged, and he has caused us problems as well as the personal distress of having my house raided. I feel let down, but relieved that this is all over and that I can move on.”

DC Nicole Linn from Lincs Police said: “We hope this conviction demonstrates our commitment to tackling online crime involving sexual abuse images.”

 

 

Teacher caught with 2500 indecent images of children struck off

Published January 17, 2013 by misty534

A secondary teacher has been banned from the profession after being caught with almost 2500 indecent images of children on his computer.

Peter McFarlane was previously placed on the sex offenders register after he was convicted of the offence at Airdrie Sheriff Court last year.

The former history teacher at Cumbernauld High School was struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland this week over the offence.

Mr McFarlane was also found to have breached the standards of his profession with a previous criminal conviction, after he slashed the tyres and seats of a car with a knife in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire, in August 2010.

The 48-year-old was convicted of driving while more than twice the drink drive limit during the earlier offence.

In its findings, the teaching watchdog noted that Mr McFarlane had appealed against his conviction in respect of the indecent images offence, but the move had been refused.

The council’s fitness to teach panel stated: “The offences in respect of which the respondent has been convicted are serious and demonstrate that the respondent’s conduct has fallen significantly short of the standards expected of a teacher.”

It added: “The panel was of the view that the respondent’s convictions (in particular the conviction for possessing indecent photographs of children) demonstrate conduct that is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered teacher and the nature of the respondent’s conduct means that the Respondent is unfit to teach.”

Mr McFarlane did not attend the council hearing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, while he has 14 days in which to lodge an appeal against the decision to remove him from the teaching register.

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

Published January 14, 2013 by misty534

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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.