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Pervert, 72, walks free after 20 years of downloading indecent pictures of children

Published September 14, 2014 by misty534

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A 72-YEAR-OLD pervert who coached youngsters in table tennis has walked free from court despite downloading thousands of indecent images of children over a 20-year period.

After pleading guilty to 11 charges of making indecent images and movies of children, Michael John Smith, of Coventry Crescent, Poole, was spared jail.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard most of the sickening images were rated as category A – the most serious rating given to material of this type. Some were of children believed to be as young as five.

Carolyn Branford-Wood, prosecuting, said the pictures and videos were discovered on Smith’s computer after a warrant was executed at his home in November last year.

Smith told police he been downloading indecent images of children for around 20 years.

Mark Ruffell, mitigating, said Smith, who used to be a coach at Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club, resigned from the club when his crimes were uncovered.

The court was told Smith’s wife, who supported her husband in the public gallery, had suffered from bipolar disorder for around 30 years.

He had been her “emotional and physical punchbag”, Mr Ruffell said.

“He does not seek to excuse his behaviour by her illness but it cannot be discounted,” he added.

The court heard as his wife’s condition worsened Smith began viewing more and more pornographic material online.

“Over time they got younger and younger. He got fixated. He admits he has got a problem,” Mr Ruffell said.

Sentencing Smith, who had no previous convictions, Judge Peter Johnson said: “You downloaded these images over a period of time and some of those images showed distress on the children when sexual acts were done to them.

“It seems to me that just under three decades you have grappled with and coped with your wife’s serious disorder.

“This was the turning point in your life, which led you to turn to pornography which became more and more extreme and turned to young children.”

Smith was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to complete a sex offenders rehabilitation programme.

He was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order to prevent unsupervised contact with children.

Judge Johnson said: “It seems to me, while it is a matter of fine judgement, that if anyone deserves a chance it’s you.”

‘They need treatment’

Deborah Denis, spokeswoman for the child sexual abuse prevention campaign Stop It Now, said it was not uncommon for online offenders to be spared jail.

“One of the reasons is that sentencing guidelines mean the offender would not be in prison long enough to receive treatment. Over the past few years judges have been leaning towards community orders and suspended sentences,” she said.

According to a report from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, an estimated 50,000-60,000 people in the UK regularly download child pornography.

Ms Denis said: “The most important thing is that they get some form of treatment and don’t reoffend again. Whether that is in prison or not is by the by.”

 

  • 67-year-old man denies making indecent images of children

    Published August 7, 2013 by misty534

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    A REDDITCH man has appeared in court to deny making 13 indecent images of children.

    67-year-old Michael Ellis, of Rosehall Close, Redditch, is accused of making 11 images at level one, the lowest level of seriousness, between November 2009 and December 2011.

    He is also charged with making a level three photograph on December 9, 2011, and a level four image – the second most serious – on December 18.

    He was given conditional bail at Worcester Crown Court earlier this week to await a pre-trial review on October 14.

     

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    Former MET officer jailed for child-related sex offences

    Published August 7, 2013 by misty534

    A FORMER police officer has been jailed for two yearsafter he admitted a string of child-related sex offences.

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    Robert Ryan, of Great Northern Street, Huntingdon, was charged with two counts of making or possessing indecent images of children, two counts of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to arrange a child sex offence.

    The 48-year-old, who appeared at Peterborough Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday (July 31), had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

    Prosecuting, Andrew Howarth said Ryan, a father-of-two, had been a detective sergeant with the Metropolitan Police and his duties, although not linked to the charges, had included supervision of registered sex offenders.

    He was arrested at home in Huntingdon in December 2010 after a 17-year-old girl, who he had met online, contacted police.

    The pair had a sadomasochistic sexual relationship and engaged in ‘age play’, when he pretended she was a little girl, said Mr Howarth, but she became concerned.

    “The defendant asked her whether she could find him a 15-year-old girl for sexual purposes,” Mr Howarth addded. “Such was her concern that she reported it to police.”

    Officers seized two laptops and found a number of indecent images of girls, believed to be under 16.

    Further examination of the computers revealed Ryan had been on internet chatroom sites in 2006 asking others for images of young girls.

    Another log from the same year showed a girl, known only as Katie, asking: “Are you ok with me being 14?” He replied: “Yes.”

    The court heard that explicit conversation followed, while web cams were in use. Mr Howarth added: “He asked whether he could meet Katie, the suggestion being they would meet for sex.”

    For Ryan, Felicia Davy said he had shown genuine remorse and a willingness to seek help to rehabilitate himself. Having recognised he was addicted to pornography, he had been referred to a clinic by his GP, she said.

    Significant matters that affected his childhood continued to affect him psychologically and emotionally, she added, and he had been dismissed from the Met and was in debt.

    Sentencing, Judge Nic Madge said: “Making or possessing indecent images is a serious offence which involves the corruption, degradation and infliction of pain on real children.

    “Lives are wrecked as a result. You must be aware of that given your work as a police officer.

    “Sexual abuse of the girls whose photos appear on the internet would not have happened if it were not for people like you prepared to watch such images. It is not putting it too high to say you are indirectly responsible for their sexual abuse.”

    He also condemned Ryan for being “directly responsible for the abuse and ongoing corruption of a girl who you believed to be aged 14”.

    Ryan was sentenced to a total of two years in prison and made the subject of a five-year sexual offences prevention order.

     

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    Ellesmere Port man downloaded child sex images

    Published August 5, 2013 by misty534

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    A FATHER posed as a teenage girl on Facebook and downloaded more than 3,000 indecent images of children, a court heard.

    Graham Andrew Stinton, 50, created an online alter-ego for himself and pretended to be 14-year-old Hanna Simpson.

    Chester Crown Court heard he struck up conversations with other men who shared his sexual interests including some who were also pretending to be teenage girls.

    Father-of-two Stinton was caught out when an email address he created as ‘Hanna’ was found to be uploading indecent images onto social networks.

    Gordon Hennell, prosecuting, told the court an American-based centre informed the police and the email account was traced to Stinton’s then home address.

    Police went to the house in November, 2011 but Stinton was not at home and his wife and children were unaware of the email address.

    Mr Hennell said Stinton, now of Willow Grove, Ellesmere Port, then arrived and officers asked him about the email address.

    “He initially denied it but very soon after admitted it,” said Mr Hennell.

    “It is right to say that from the very outset he admitted everything.”

    Police seized computer equipment from the family home and discovered 3,244 images and 228 videos of girls aged between three and 13-years-old.

    Nine further obscene images were found on a mobile phone belonging to Stinton, who admitted 17 counts of possessing indecent images and videos of children between June, 2010 and November, 2011.

    Mr Hennell told the court some of the images were level four and five – the most extreme – and showed sexual activity between young girls and men.

    “He admitted making up the relevant email addresses and using them to upload images onto Tagged and Facebook,” he said.

    “It appears lots of men interested in this did exactly the same thing.”

    Stinton told police he had downloaded the images to make the Hanna profile “more interesting” to other Facebook users.

    Mr Hennell said: “There was evidence from Facebook he had initiated conversations with other users.”

    But he added there was no evidence Stinton had ever tried to communicate with any children.

    Andrew Thomas, defending, told the court Stinton’s relationship with his wife and children had collapsed once his offences came to light.

    “Mr Stinton has demonstrated genuine guilt, shame and disgust at what he has done,” said Mr Thomas.

    He said Stinton had been voluntarily attending sex offenders’ sessions with child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

    Judge Roger Dutton said the seriousness of the offence meant Stinton was facing prison but he had decided to suspend his sentence.

    Judge Dutton said the fact Stinton came clean straight away and had been attending sessions with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation counted in his favour.

    He said an immediate prison sentence would mean he would not get help to prevent him reoffending.

    Stinton was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and told he would have to sign the sex offenders’ register for the next 10 years.

    He was also made the subject of a two-year supervision order requiring him to complete the Northumbria Sex Offender Groupwork Programme and an indefinite sexual offences prevention order banning him from accessing pornography and imposing stringent conditions on his future internet use.

    The judge warned Stinton he would be sent straight to jail if he commits any offences in the next two years or fails to comply with the court orders.

     

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    Gargrave man faces child porn charges

    Published August 3, 2013 by misty534

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    A 28-year-old man is to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court accused of six offences of making indecent or pseudo photographs of a child.

    Sean Morgan, of Swirecroft Road, Gargrave, near Skipton, must next be in court on October 11 for a case management hearing when he will enter pleas to the allegations.

     

    Indecent images man put on sex offenders list

    Published August 1, 2013 by misty534

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    A Dundee man who had more than 77,000 indecent images and videos was yesterday (Tuesday) placed on the sex offenders register for three years.

     

    Richard Caffrey, 52, had admitted that, on October 23 at Ambleside Terrace, he had in his possession indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

    He had also admitted that, between July 14 and October 23, at the same place he took or permitted to be taken or made indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

    The court heard police attended after receiving intelligence that indecent images of children had been accessed.

    Fiscal depute Laura Bruce said: “Experts found 77,861 indecent images and videos on the computer — 35,025 were still in place and readily accessible and 42,836 had been deleted but police managed to recover them. The total number of images and videos covered the range of levels from 1-5.”

    Caffrey’s solicitor, Kevin Hampton, said: “It had a devastating effect on his own life. He’s lost his job, he’s lost his house and he’s lost his marriage all through these offences.”

    Imposing a community payback order Sheriff Way said: “There was no sharing or distribution, this was for personal use only. I am satisfied that in the circumstances of this case a custodial sentence is not necessary.”

    Caffrey was placed on a community payback order with supervision for three years, as well as a programme requirement — the Tay Project.

    He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within one year. Caffrey was also given a number of conduct requirements including no means of access to the internet without permission and no unauthorised unsupervised access to any child under the age of 17 outside “casual encounters in daily life”.

     

     

    Cricklade paedophile jailed for indecent images of children

    Published July 30, 2013 by misty534

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    A CRICKLADE man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to 11 counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

    Thirty-year-old Richard Graeme Leighton was sentenced to two years eight months in prison by Judge Ambrose when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday, July 26.

    In September last year Wiltshire Police received information from another police force that Mr Leighton was making indecent images of children and sharing them online.

    A search warrant was executed at his home address in Cricklade and a number of items seized. He was arrested and admitted in interview that he had made indecent images and shared them online by giving other users his password.

    An examination of a seized laptop revealed over 850 indecent images and videos. More images and movies were discovered on his iPhone.

    Detective Constable Sarah Dalby from the child internet exploitation team said: ‘It was clear from the examination of material in this case that the offender had progressed from simply accessing and possessing images through to sharing and covertly recording material for his own gratification.

    ‘Those who view and download indecent images or videos of children fuel a demand for more and more content of this nature.

    ‘This case highlights our commitment to tackling these crimes and working with others forces and partner agencies in order to do this.

    ‘We have specialist teams of officers trained to deal with all aspects of sexual abuse against both children and adults. Victims can be assured that they will be believed and all reports will be thoroughly investigated.’

    Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or suspects that children are being abused should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

    Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary, The Gables, Shrivenam Road, Swindon.

    The SARC is a dedicated centre offering support to any victim of a sexual assault where trained professionals can provide immediate medical care and treatment, a forensic examination, counselling and onward referral to other necessary services.

    The SARC offers a 24-hour helpline on 0808 168 0024 or log onto newswindonsanctuary.co.uk.

    Cradley Heath pervert jailed after amassing 120,000 child porn images

    Published July 30, 2013 by misty534

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    A CRADLEY Heath pervert built up a vile collection of over 120,000 indecent photographs and films of youngsters after becoming addicted to child pornography.

    Judge John Warner sentenced Matthew Hunt to two years behind bars at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

    Judge Warner said: “This was dreadful and appalling behaviour towards young children and I hope you are thoroughly ashamed at watching what you were watching.”

    “It got to the stage where you had to see more and more things to satisfy your addiction.”

    Mr John Evans prosecuting said Hunt, aged 28, operated a share system that enabled him to look at sickening indecent images owned by other like minded people and they had access to his files.

    When police officers acting on information went to Hunt’s home in Meadow Walk and he told them: “You will find what you are looking for.”

    Hunt said he had downloaded hundreds of thousands of images, his interest was in six to 12 year old’s and he described how he fantasied about the photographs and films.

    It was an “escape,” he went on adding that he had thought about doing some of the things in the images but he was “too scared.”

    There were over 120,000 images and films with the likelihood of many more, said Mr Evans and they ranged from level one to level five – the most serious category..

    Mr Gurdeep Garcha defending said Hunt accepted the images were “disgusting” and that “untold misery” had been caused to the children involved by the “continuous cycle of abuse.”

    He said: “He acknowledges he has deep seated problems. He is someone who is isolated socially. These images were a refuge for him and a sexual outlet.”

    Mr Garcha said: “He was downloading more images than he could possibly view and there was an element of relief when the police knocked on his front door.”

    Hunt admitted 10 charges of making indecent images of children and 10 of distributing the images and he was further told he must register as a Sex Offender for 10 years and made the subject of a lifelong Sexual Offenders Protection Order.

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    Sutton husband Alan Ellison avoids jail after seven year secret child porn habit is exposed

    Published July 29, 2013 by misty534

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    A husband who hid his child porn habit from his wife for seven years has been spared jail.

    Sutton man Alan Ellison admitted downloading more than 50 images of child porn but was given a suspended jail sentence on the condition he gets help for his problem.

    Ellison pleaded guilty to four counts of downloading sexual images of children including some images categorised as level four – the second most extreme classification – at an earlier hearing and was sentenced by Croydon magistrates today.

    Prosecutor Brinkman May said officers executed a search warrant at Ellison’s Prince Road home in January. He added: “Mr Ellison and his wife were at home. He was informed of the reasons for the warrant and said ‘I know. I’ve been on the internet and I’ve seen what’s out there but I didn’t pay’.

    “In interview he admitted viewing them over the last seven years. He came across them while looking at adult images. He said he has no sexual interest in children but admitted inputting search terms including ‘lolita’ and ‘young’ which directed him to images of children.

    “He’s never spoken to anyone about it. His wife had no knowledge but may have known he looked at adult porn.”

    Police seized four computers from his home and carried out a forensic investigation that revealed a stash of images in the deleted items on the machines.

    The court heard how Ellison acts as a carer for his wife and about the problems the revelations have caused him at home. Alan Ambridge, defending, said: “You don’t need me to spell out the impact of this incident on the family.

    “Prior to today he has sought some assistance with the problem and welcomes the opportunity to get assistance to make sure this situation never arises again.”

    The magistrates pointed out they did have the power to hand Ellison a custodial sentence but said they acknowledged Ellison’s early guilty plea, his willingness to cooperate with police and his personal circumstances.

    Ellison was given a 36 week sentence suspended for two years meaning he will face jail if he commits any crime in that time. He was also ordered to pay £165 in costs, has been put on the sex offenders’ register, will have to keep police informed of his whereabouts and attend help sessions.

     

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    Man had thousands of indecent images of children on computer

    Published July 29, 2013 by misty534

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    Police who seized the computer of a Liversedge man found thousands of indecent images of children on it, a court heard.

    Ian Davison, 60, of Union Road, had more than 21,500 pictures on his computer and police also found films of children taken from the street.

    Davison admitted 23 charges of making and taking indecent images when he appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

    Prosecuting, Linda Fowler, said that in 2009 police became aware of a particular website where users could access child pornography.

    They tracked one of the IP addresses to Davison and searched his home.

    Mrs Fowler said: “His computers were seized and he admitted the downloading of indecent images of children.

    “He said he had been looking at adult pornography and started to look at indecent child images.”

    The court heard that of the images seized, 421 were graded at the most serious level of five.

    A total of 350 movies of children were also found in Davison’s possession.

    Mrs Fowler added: “A number of images of children have been filmed from the street by this defendant.”

    Davison was committed for sentence at Leeds Crown Court.

    He will appear there on August 15 and was granted unconditional bail.

     

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