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Primary school teacher found with 2,000 child porn pictures

Published August 5, 2013 by misty534


A YORKSHIRE primary school teacher has been warned he will be jailed after admitting a string of sex offences involving young boys, including sexual assaults, voyeurism and making indecent videos of children.


Richard Arthur Oldham, who worked at several schools in York at the time of the offences, also pleaded guilty to possessing more than 2,000 pornographic images of children.

Oldham, 31, who now lives in Devon, admitted a total of 23 counts at Leeds Crown Court today.

They include sexually assaulting two boys of primary school age and three counts of voyeurism by recording a private act.

He admitted 13 offences of making indecent images of children, including pornographic videos, and possessing 2,076 indecent photographs of children.

Oldham’s barrister Alisdair Williamson said the defendant’s admissions represented “a grave step for this still-young man to take”.

The former teacher denied one charge of sexual activity with a child, alleged to have happened between August 2006 and July 2007, which will not be pursued.

The offences span from 2003 to last September.

Judge Peter Collier QC told Oldham to be under no illusion about the severity of his crimes, which will “inevitably lead to a sentence of immediate custody”.

“You will understand when you come back for sentence it is almost certain that the sentence passed on you will be a custodial sentence,” he said.

“Obviously you will get significant credit for your guilty pleas tended at this stage.”

He granted Oldham, who is of previous good character, bail on the condition that he adheres to an electrically-monitored curfew, reports to police three times a week and does not enter the city of York.

Judge Collier also said the defendant must not have any contact with children under the age of 16.

The case was referred for pre-sentence reports and Oldham will appear at the same court on September 16 to be sentenced.


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Streaming of child sexual abuse online on the increase

Published July 2, 2013 by misty534

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Child sexual abuse streamed live over the internet on services like Skype has been flagged as an emerging threat by experts.

An increasing number of offenders in 2012 were seen targeting vulnerable families overseas to set up live access to children over webcams in exchange for payment, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has found.

In its annual threat assessment of child sexual exploitation and abuse, Ceop also warned that there are increased fears of child sexual abuse in Brazil as more visitors head there over the coming years for the World Cup and Olympic Games.

In 2012, Ceop received 8,000 reports of indecent images of children being shared, featuring a two-fold increase in the number of images and videos on previous years to 70,000.

Ceop chief executive Peter Davies said: “Our assessment shows that, sadly, there are still too many children at risk and too many people who would cause them serious harm. We should all practice zero tolerance to child sexual exploitation and abuse.”

Live streaming was identified as an emerging method of producing and distributing indecent images last year, the report said.

And Ceop warned that this tactic – particularly in the developing world – continues to carry a high risk this year.

Sex offenders are targeting families and children in areas with extreme poverty, rising levels of access to the internet and poor child protection policies, the report said.

The centre also raised concerns about the use of the so-called hidden internet – heavily encrypted forums and pages that allow abusers to cover their tracks when accessing indecent images online.

Meanwhile, Ceop found that there has been a 70% increase in the number of female victims under 10 years old.

Ceop said that a number of offenders have been identified as targeting teenagers and young adults on the basis of their vulnerability rather than due to a specific sexual interest in children. These are known as “type one” offenders and crimes.

And figures from police forces show that the majority of type one offenders were categorised as Asian, and 97% of type one offences involved white victims.

But figures from 25 police forces revealed 2,120 lone perpetrators and 31 forces reported 65 group or gang related offences.

An NSPCC spokeswoman in the UK said: “The evidence the NSPCC has gathered from all police forces in England and Wales shows there are around 20,000 sexual offences against children reported every year and many of the victims are under primary-school age.

“However, we believe this is far from the true situation as many cases are never revealed. And since the Savile sex crimes were revealed, our helpline has experienced an increase in the number of adults reporting cases which happened many years, even decades, earlier.

“While there are cases of children being sexually assaulted by strangers, the vast majority of these offences – around nine out of 10 – are committed by someone the child knows.

“It is crucial that our efforts to protect children from sexual abuse focus on deterrence and prevention and that our focus is the risk to children, both on and offline.”


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