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Tobias Tobin jailed over child sex images

Published August 12, 2013 by misty534

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A SEX offender who got a girl to make pornographic photos of herself and send them to him has been jailed.

Paul Cleasby, prosecuting, said the 13-year-old York girl initially refused to do as Tobias Robert Tobin asked her, but after he repeatedly pressed her, agreed to send him 15 photographs, one of which police later categorized as at the highest but one level on the scale used to assess illegal sexual pictures of children. The pictures were for his own use.

Detectives also found evidence on his home computer that he had been looking for extreme pornographic images and going on websites with sexual images of children.

Teesside Crown Court heard the girl had had sexual experiences with other men as well as Tobin and as a result now had mental health problems.

Tobin, of Woodhill View, Wetherby, pleaded guilty to one charge of inciting a child to perform a sex act, one of involving a child in porngraphy, and three charges of possesing sexual images of children.

He was jailed for 15-months, made subject to a sexual offences prevention order restricting his use of the internet and put on the sex offenders’ register, both for ten years, and banned from working with children.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said Tobin bore some of the responsibility for the girl’s current state. He also said: “It is clear these requests you made were for your sexual benefit. You had, for whatever reason developed an interest in child pornography.”

Mark Thompson, defending, said Tobin had only contacted the girl online and had never met her. The period when he had exchanged sexual text messages was effectively limited to a two-week period in January 2012 when he had been 21.

He was a “very immature” young man who was isolated socially, but was a hard-working man from a decent family.


The Press

Convicted sex offender Matthew Woodgate jailed after targeting children at Stour Leisure Centre in Ashford

Published August 7, 2013 by misty534



A sex offender – banned by a court order from targeting children – has been caught chatting with two eight-year-old boys.
Matthew Woodgate, 22, had been given the ban for downloading disgusting images of children.
But in June he approached the boys at the Stour Leisure Centre in Ashford– in defiance of the Sex Offences Prevention Order.
He began asking them intimate questions and offered one of them money – frightening him so much he told his mother that he feared he was about to be raped.
Woodgate, from Maidstone, later told probation officers he was curious to discover if the boys were “sexually aware”.
The sick pervert then confessed his urges were “like floodgates opening and then drowning me in my own thoughts” and could have led to contact with his victims.
But in jailing him for two years, Judge Adele Williams told him: “You have an entrenched, distorted and perverted view of sex with children and pose a high risk of harming them.”
Prosecutor Edmund Burge told Canterbury Crown Court: “He was at the swimming pool and on two separate occasions he approached young boys.
Woodgate approached boys at the Stour Centre
“He engaged them in conversations which very swiftly turned into discussions about their genitals. “
The court heard that the youngsters were so alarmed they immediately reported the incidents to their parents, who alerted pool officials.
“Woodgate was stopped and admitted having such conversations with the boys, saying that it was a joke which had gone rather too far.”
Woodgate, of Tufton Street, Maidstone, admitted two breaches of the SOPO which was made at Maidstone Crown Court in 2008 after he admitted 22 charges of downloading indecent images of children.
The court heard that in January 2010, lawyers for the pervert successfully reduced the indefinite ban on approaching unaccompanied children to three and a half years.
Yet three and a half months later in April that year he admitted nine charges of breaching the order and one charge of possessing an indecent photograph.
He was sent to a young offender’s institute for 16 months and given another five year ban.
Mr Burge said:“For a 22-year-old man he has a relatively lengthy record, which includes a 2006 official warning by police after approaching a young female child.
“He has a marked tendency to try to engage young children, especially boys, in sexually explicit conversations, “ he added.
Nicholas Jones, defending, said: “These are serious breaches of the order which goes to the very heart of the kind of conduct it was designed to prevent.
“He is someone who sufferers in Aspergers Syndrome but he recognises he needs help from a psychologist to deal with his serious problem.”
DC Scott Relf from Kent Police’s Public Protection Unit said: “Matthew Woodgate is a calculating, predatory and repeat sex offender who targets children.
“The quick-thinking of a member of the public and swift police action has seen Woodgate convicted of breaching the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
“Breaches of such orders are viewed as extremely serious by the courts and Woodgate’s two-year jail term reflects this.”
Kent Online

Birmingham sex attacker loses appeal against jail sentence

Published July 22, 2013 by misty534


John James Twamley will only be released from prison when he is considered no longer a threat to the public.

A Birmingham sex offender who preyed on lone women late at night and tried to pull the clothes off a teenage schoolgirl in an alleyway, has failed in an appeal against the open-ended jail sentence he was handed.

John James Twamley, 26, of Grendon Road, Maypole, pounced on a 15-year-old girl when she left a party to make a phone call, dragging down her trousers and underwear, and pulling her into an alleyway.

She forced him away from her, but he left his DNA at the scene after committing a sex act while standing and laughing at his terrified victim.

The horrific attack came just two months after Twamley had cornered a 21-year-old woman as she walked home from a pub in Yardley, dragging her to the ground and pulling down her trousers.

She fought back and Twamley ran off, but she was left with “life-changing” effects, including shattered confidence, poor sleep and emotional problems.

The pervert admitted two sexual assaults and one assault by penetration, and was jailed indefinitely at Birmingham Crown Court in October 2011.

His imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence is almost identical to a standard life term because he can only be freed when – and if ever – he is considered safe back on the streets by experts.

Sentencing him, the crown court judge said he considered Twamley a “significant” risk of “serious” harm, justifying an open-ended prison sentence.

On Friday he appealed against the sentence and the five-year stretch he must serve before he can even apply to the Parole Board for release.

A sentence which included a definite release date, then an extended period of supervised licence, would have been enough to protect the public, his defence team pleaded with appeal judges.

But Lady Justice Hallett said: “This man knows the devastating impact on victims and yet he goes out and is clearly a sexual night-time predator.”

Rejecting the appeal, Mr Justice Jay said: “This offender was likely to be difficult to treat, and there was no material in his favour to suggest he could be safely managed in the community.

“The judge was entitled to be of the view that the risk was unlikely to have reduced to an acceptable level by the time the appropriate custodial term had expired.”

Upholding the minimum term, he added: “These were two night-time offences, perpetrated in a predatory manner. Although undoubtedly a severe sentence, we have concluded the minimum term of five years cannot be challenged in this court.”

Twamley can only be freed after serving five years if he is considered safe. The majority of prisoners on IPP sentences serve much longer than their minimum terms.


Birmingham Mail


Pervert posed as girl to chat online to teen

Published July 11, 2013 by misty534

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A SEX offender who posed as a young girl to chat to a 13-year-old girl online has been warned he could be jailed.


A judge has postponed sentencing on Sunderland man Bryan Hill in a bid to determine the reasons behind his compulsive obsession with child pornography.

The 55-year-old was caught with hundreds of indecent images of children and asked police to “lock me up and throw away the key”.

Hill had already served time in prison for a similar offence and was banned from owning any equipment which could be used to store images.

But when police visited his home, he confessed to having a laptop. Checks revealed this contained 410 sickening images and 35 depraved films of children being abused.

One of the films was classed as level five – the most serious – and one film and three images were categorised as extreme pornography.

Hill, of Tatham Street, Sunderland, admitted 11 charges when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, including breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

He also admitted he had posed as a young girl to chat to a 13-year-old schoolgirl online.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Hill’s legal team asked for a delay in sentencing so he could be assessed by a neuropsychologist who specialises in this type of behaviour.

Christopher Morrison, defending, said: “There are clearly overtones of compulsive behaviour in these matters.”

The court heard, in 2004, Hill suffered head injuries when he fell from a ladder at work, with another man falling on top of him.

He suffered damage to the frontal lobe of his brain, which left him with severe mood swings.

Mr Morrison added: “We need to find out if there is any medical impairment that is causing this compulsion.”

Judge Simon Hickey told Hill: “These are serious charges made more serious by the breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.”

Hill, who is on remand, will be back before the court at a date to be decided.


The Shields Gazette

‘Cunning’ Nelson pervert used library PC

Published June 26, 2013 by misty534



A SEX offender banned indefinitely from using the internet after downloading child porn was found about to go online by staff at Burnley library, a court heard.

Russell Wilkinson, 37, who has repeatedly flouted a sexual offences prevention order, is prohibited from owning, possessing or using a computer or mobile phone with internet access, except for controlled use in a working environment with the knowledge of police.

The defendant, who was convicted of six counts of making indecent photos of teenage boys in 2008, had initially been barred from having a home computer with internet access, by the SOPO.

But, in 2010, he was jailed for two-and-a half years after using a public internet cafe in Brierfield, to do it again. He had admitted 14 more charges of making indecent images of a child.

Wilkinson, who was also prohibited from associating with children under 18, had been on licence from an 18 month jail term for breaching the SOPO at the time.

The prison sentence had been imposed in 2009, after he had been seen playing with youngsters at an evangelical church where members had taken him under their wing.

Burnley Crown Court heard how the defendant has recently been a voluntary worker at Open Door, a drop-in centre, after being introduced by his church pastor.

He had gone into the library on April 23 with a ‘vulnerable’ 52-year- old man said to have learning difficulties.

Wilkinson said to the assistant: “My friend has learning difficulties. He doesn’t know what to do. I’m helping him choose some music.”

He was just about to use the internet, but was stopped by staff who realised who he was and that he had warning marker against him on the library database

Police were called, the defendant was arrested and claimed the computer use was innocent. He said he was going to put some music tracks on a memory card for the friend.

Wilkinson, who has also failed to comply with the sex offenders’ register in the past, had been convicted of breaching the SOPO by magistrates and had been committed to the higher court for sentence. The ex-McDonald’s worker, formerly of Barrowford, but now of Fir Street, Nelson, was jailed for 12 months.

Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt, who has in the past slammed the defendant as ‘cunning’, told Wilkinson the sexual offences prevention order was made to protect the public.


by Wendy Barlow

Leek pervert jailed for exposing himself to women and girl

Published May 26, 2013 by misty534



CONVICTED sex offender Steven Wheeldon has been jailed for 46 weeks after he repeatedly exposed himself to women.

The 36-year-old flashed his genitals to women in Leek while he was subject to a community order imposed for taking a photograph up a woman’s skirt and sexually assaulting her.

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Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Wheeldon exposed himself while standing at the window of an address in Leek.

Prosecutor David Jackson said: “The prosecution say this was quite deliberate standing at the window exposing himself.”


One victim told the court she was with her children when Wheeldon performed a sex act on himself.

“It was obvious he was doing it in my direction,” she said. “I drove off.”

The woman said Wheeldon performed a sex act on several occasions.

“I felt very strange, like someone abused me,” said the woman. “I was worried for my daughter because after that she had nightmares.”

Wheeldon, of Horsecroft Crescent, Leek, denied five charges of exposure but was convicted of four charges after a trial last month.

Peter McCartney, mitigating, said Wheeldon maintains he is innocent.

He said: “He is highly ashamed of the conviction and the consequences it could have for his family as well as himself.”

Mr McCartney said Wheeldon has worked hard to address his problems.

He said if Wheeldon was sent to prison the sex offender work he has done as part of his suspended sentence would be uncompleted.

Mr McCartney added: “The court might take the view the better course might be to keep him on the programme and allow him the opportunity to stay with his family who appear to be giving him as much support as they can.”

But Judge David Fletcher jailed Wheeldon for 26 weeks for the exposure matter and added 20 weeks of a 45-week suspended sentence order he received for an assault and threatening behaviour.

He told Wheeldon: “You were found guilty in the light of overwhelming evidence.

“In the course of the evidence it became perfectly clear that you were exposing yourself to women, specifically to two women. You were exposing yourself regularly to one woman.

“That could not be said for the other victim.

“Her daughter was distressed and the woman felt someone was abusing her. She reports the little girl has been suffering nightmares as a result of what she had seen.”

Judge Fletcher said there was a degree of planning and intention to Wheeldon’s offending. He added: “There was a course of offending which went on for a period of weeks and displayed some considerable persistence.”

Wheeldon, who will serve half the 46 week sentence, was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

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Prolific Stockton sex offender jailed for repeated breach of child ban

Published May 20, 2013 by misty534



A PROLIFIC sex offender was today (Monday, May 20) jailed for the fifth time for breaching a court order banning him from going near children.

Andrew Bland, 31, was caught on CCTV cameras approaching women and youngsters in the Castlegate shopping centre in Stockton.

Under a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), he is prohibited from “loitering in any pace within 20 metres of anyone under-16”.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters told Teesside Crown Court that he pestered three people, all of whom had children with them, on January 28.

When he was arrested, Bland claimed he had been asking one woman for a light for a cigarette and then others for money to buy heroin.

The SOPO was imposed in 2004 for ten years after Bland was jailed for three years for taking a child without lawful authority.

The court heard that he also has convictions from 1999 for indecent assault and inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

Bland breached the SOPO in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and received prison sentences ranging from six months to three years.

Judge Peter Armstrong jailed him for 12 months yesterday after telling him: “They were persistent and come after a series of others.”

Bland, of Hartington Road, Stockton, admitted breaching the order, and the judge told him the flouting had been “deliberate”.

Garry Wood, mitigating, said: “Had it been his first breach, the court may have been minded to deal with him with a community penalty.”


by Niel Hunter

Sex offender John McDermott who unleashed ‘tidal wave of abuse’ jailed again

Published April 11, 2013 by misty534


John McDermott arrives at Dungannon Crown Court today where he was jailed again for abusing yet another youngster


Predatory sex offender John Michael McDermott — who is already serving more than nine years for his involvement in the abuse of seven children — was jailed again for abusing yet another youngster.

t marks the fourth time in four years McDermott has been jailed for sex offences.

The 63-year-old and his three brothers unleashed “a tidal wave of abuse” on their quiet village of Donagh near Lisnaskea.

McDermott was jailed for the abuse of a schoolboy between August 1989 and September 1990 when the child was aged 12.

McDermott assaulted the boy at a GAA club and at a remote spot where the boy had gone fishing.

McDermott, from Moorlough Road in the village, was handed a total of six months for the two offences.

However, they will run simultaneously, meaning he will only serve an extra three months.

This will extend his release date from prison until August 2014.

Dungannon Crown Court Judge Jeffrey Miller QC said child sexual abuse was a “pernicious crime which can have devastating effects on the victim”.

“These crimes affect people in different ways and one should never seek even by implication to attribute blame to the victim. The responsibility and culpability must rightly stop at the door of the perpetrator,” he said.

Originally, two other brothers, 62-year-old James McDermott and Owen McDermott (54), were to have stood trial with him charged with sex offences committed during the 1970s and 80s.

However, they were deemed unfit to stand trial because of their mental disability.

While a jury found that they had carried out the abuse, there was public outcry when a two-year Supervision and Treatment Order allowed them to return to the family home beside a children’s playground.

They have since moved to secure accommodation within a psychiatric hospital in Londonderry.

A fourth brother, 62-year-old Peter Paul McDermott, hanged himself the day after he went on trial for his role in the abuse, which the original trial judge, Judge David McFarland said, had turned what was “a quiet picturesque village in Co Fermanagh…into…a village that had an appalling secret, and it was the children who bore the brunt of the tidal wave of abuse”.

McDermott was originally jailed for nine years in June 2010 for abuse spanning a period of 35 years.

He was given an additional six months in October 2011 for sexually abusing a schoolboy in 2002, and finally another six weeks in September last year.

Judge McFarland said the deviant McDermott brothers had between them stolen the childhood of their victims, subjecting them to horrific abuse.

He said “some, of course suffered more than others, some for longer period, and some were abused by one or more brothers”.

However, when coming to deal with McDermott in 2011, Judge McFarland said the “sentence of six months is appropriate. On its own, I acknowledge, it is a lenient sentence. But when taken together with all the offences, it means a commensurate sentence of twelve and a half years, a sentence I believe correctly reflects your offending.”

McDermott’s original sentence of nine-year jail, plus three years probation, followed his guilty pleas to a total of 35 offences, involving the abuse of, four boys and a girl, including the rape of a schoolboy, committed between 1969 and 2001.


Belfast Telegraph