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Nelson teen’s sex abuse of girl (12) he met on Facebook

Published July 16, 2013 by misty534

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A NELSON man, who groomed and sexually abused a girl he met on Facebook, has been jailed for two years four months and given a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.


Hamiza Ali (19), of Elizabeth Street, Nelson, appeared at Burnley Crown Court today after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a child.

Ali approached the 12-year-old on Facebook in May 2011. They met several times in the Nelson area where he sexually abused her. He was arrested after an investigation by Pennine Division’s Freedom Team, a dedicated unit set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of young people in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

DS Sheralyn Melton from Pennine Division’s Freedom Team said: “We are committed to targeting those who pose a threat to our children and as a result we will always act quickly to arrest those involved.

“I hope this serves as a warning to those who try to groom children and teenagers online, that there is a chance we are watching you and if you do commit an offence you will be caught and put before the courts.

“People should be left in no doubt that, if they try to groom children in this way, we will find them and bring them to justice.”

DS Melton added: “We would advise parents to monitor the internet use of their children and reiterate the dangers of making new friends in chat rooms on the internet or engaging in conversations with people they do not know.”

Anyone who has concerns about contact their children have had via the internet should contact Lancashire Police on 101. Information about such activity can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Darlington prison worker found guilty of sex crimes

Published May 20, 2013 by misty534



A PRISON worker is today facing a lengthy spell behind bars himself after being convicted of a string of serious sex crimes against girls.

John Cornwell will learn his fate next month when he returns to TeessideCrown Court to be sentenced – but was warned to expect jail.

The Darlington man, 53, was released on bail until his next appearance so probation workers can prepare background reports on him.

After being convicted of ten of the 13 charges he faced, Cornwell was told by Judge George Moorhouse: “These are very serious matters.”

During a nine-day case, the jury heard how some of the allegations went as far back as the 1990s – but Cornwell disputed them all.

He suggested they were part of a vendetta and claimed one of his accusers deliberately encouraged the others to tell lies against him.

Two of the girls claimed he watched adult films in front of them.

Mr Cornwell, of West Auckland Road, admitted viewing hardcore pornography but said that was some time ago and when he was alone.

During the trial, he denied deliberately deleting the footage from his computer shortly before police seized his computer last May.

He told the jury that it must have been wiped off when he innocently installed software which was designed to speed up his machine.

The court heard that Cornwell twice dodged sex crimes investigations in the past when the girls were persuaded not to go to police.

Prosecutor Richard Bennett said the claims were supported by police discoveries at his home after complaints were finally made last March.

During a search of the property, pornographic videos were found which appeared to back up the claims the girls made.

Mr Bennett said matters resurfaced on New Year’s Eve 2011, and official complaints were finally made to police several months later.

Cornwell, a support officer at Northallerton Prison and Young Offenders’ Institution, was cleared of two sexual assaults and an indecent assault.

He was found guilty of four charges each of sexual assault and indecent assault, and two of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The jury of seven men and five women spent a total of more than ten hours over three days deliberating on the charges.



The Northern Echo

Builder, 39, is cleared of child rape but faces jail for sexual offences

Published April 27, 2013 by misty534


Jurors took three hours and 13 minutes at Cardiff Crown Court to find Dale Wiegold guilty of six out of 14 charges


A builder has been found guilty of sexual offences but has been cleared of child rape.

Dale Wiegold denied 14 counts of abuse, including two of rape, against two girls under 16.

But after retiring for three hours and 13 minutes a jury at Cardiff Crown Court found the 39 year old guilty of six charges, including inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, of sexual activity with a child and of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He was found not guilty of rape and rape of a child under 13, and of other sex abuse charges.

Judge Stephen Hopkins, QC, said: “Dale Wiegold, you now fall to be sentenced for serious sexual offences.”

Judge Hopkins told the defendant, of Heol Aneurin, Caerphilly, he would have to be registered as a sex offender for “the rest of your life”.

Wiegold will also be banned from working with children.

“Your offences beggar description, expect in the fullness of time a long prison sentence,” Judge Hopkins said.

“You are now remanded in custody.”

As he left the dock Wiegold, dressed in a dark suit, said something inaudible to a woman in the dock. She left almost immediately.

He will sentenced on May 10.

The case saw one of abuse victims allowed to address the defendant across the courtroom.

She urged him to “Please tell the truth, but nothing but the truth” and that “I know you’ve done all these things, I’m 100% sure.”

The emotional message came after the witness broke down in tears after questioning by defence barrister Matthew Roberts at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court also heard how Wiegold had received 12 convictions for 16 offences since 1985 ranging from criminal damage to using threatening words and behaviour to GBH. None of the convictions were for sexual offences. 

But the jury heard Wiegold was previously arrested for rape and investigated for an alleged sex attack on another youngster. Neither of these allegations led to prosecutions.

The case also saw Wiegold defended from the witness box by a girl he was once alleged to have abused.


Wales online

Rutherglen paedophile admits abuse

Published April 25, 2013 by misty534



A convicted paedophile whose sick crimes against young boys shocked Scotland was himself a victim of a Rutherglen sex beast, a court was told last week.

At the High Court in Glasgow 45-year-old James Sim, from Rutherglen admitted sexually abusing the pervert, who cannot be named for legal reasons, over more than five years.

The paedophile, who is now in his 20s, was first abused when he was only eight and it continued until he was 13.

Advocate depute Shirley McKenna, prosecuting, told the court that Sim made a video recording of him and his victim naked.

Miss McKenna said: “The victim says he can’t remember what age he was when the abuse started.”

She told the court that the abuse took place when Sim was babysitting the boy.

Miss McKenna added: “He was told that what happened was their secret and not to tell anyone.”

Sim kept sweets in his bedside cabinet and on occasions would give some of them to his victim after the abuse.

The court was told that when he was an adult the victim saw a video of himself and Sim naked.

He reckoned it had been taken when he was 11 or 12.

He had no idea he had been filmed and said he: “felt dirty and embarrassed”.

Afterwards the victim told his mother what had happened and showed her the video.

His mother confronted Sim and said: “How could you do this? We trusted you.”

When interviewed by police Sim admitted abusing his victim from the age of 10 and said by the age of 13 he was performing oral sex on him.

Sim told detectives: “I didn’t think he enjoyed it, but he never said no.”

Miss McKenna added: “The accused admitted taking videos of his victim and would constantly view them, but he denied ever showing them to anyone.

Sim’s offences were committed at various addresses in Glasgow and Rutherglen between 1990 and 1997.

He also admitted abusing another boy on one occasion in 1980 when his victim was aged seven.

Police searched Sim’s home at Craignure Road, Rutherglen, in 2012 and found 1009 images of child porn on his laptop, along with a small number of moving images.

Sim also admitted having the porn stash.

Judge Lord Turnbull remanded Sim in custody and deferred sentence until next month.

Defence counsel Paul Brown will give his plea in mitigation then.



by Kenny Smith

Terminally-ill pervert jailed

Published April 22, 2013 by misty534



A terminally-ill pervert with just 12-months to live has been given a six-year extended sentence for sickening sex attacks on a young girl.

James Ferguson subjected the youngster, aged just nine when she was first targeted, to years of vile abuse.

At Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Ferguson, now aged 65, was finally punished for touching the girl indecently over a number of years.

Ferguson, from Stirling, had previously pleaded guilty to using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards the girl at an address in Stirling, the two separate charges relating to various acts committed between May 2006 and October 2010.

The extended sentence, imposed by Sheriff Wyllie Robertson, comprised a three-year prison term with an extended three-year spell of supervision in the community if Ferguson was ever released.

Earlier, Ferguson’s agent George Pollock told the court that his client had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, the prognosis of which gave no more than one year of life expectancy.

Mr Pollock added that his client was also likely to be attending the Beatson Cancer Centre to undergo chemotherapy.

The court was told that previous publicity surrounding the case had already caused Ferguson “proper shame and humiliation having been exposed of the behaviour”.

Addressing the sheriff, Mr Pollock added: “In terms of quality of life left to him, it may be sufficient a non-custodial sentence in these circumstances would perhaps be considered to be a radical option.

“I urge My Lord not to send this man to prison today and defer for some more information on the prognosis or alternatively to think in terms of a community order which included an element of supervision.”

Sentencing, Sheriff Robertson told Ferguson: “Firstly, I have every sympathy with your health position and I fully understand the basis upon which Mr Pollock has asked me to refrain from imposing a custodial sentence today which I think he certainly, and you probably, would have to expect on charges of this nature.

“I have given careful consideration to all that Mr Pollock has said, particularly in light of your most recent diagnosis.

“If I only had to consider the interests of yourself and your own family then I would obviously have to contemplate a non-custodial sentence.

“However, I have wider concerns to take account of and while I must of course take account of your ill-health and prognosis, I have to look at the charges to which you have pleaded guilty and the gravity of these offences and in the course of doing that I take account of the impact that these offences have had on the young girl.

“This was behaviour which was visited upon her over a sustained period of time and has left her with considerable emotional and psychological difficulties. The fact that it was committed in the way that it was displays a breach of trust which aggravates the offences.

“In these circumstances I would be failing in my duty, notwithstanding your ill-health, if I did not impose a custodial sentence.”

Ferguson was also put on the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period.


Paedophile gets four years in jail for sexual abuse of girl, 13

Published April 21, 2013 by misty534


A 20-year-old man has been locked up for more than four years after sexually abusing a vulnerable 13-year-old girl who was under the supervision of social services.

Christopher Wilkinson, of Wyke Crescent, Wyke, Bradford, pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual activity with the child in 2011.

Prosecutor Felicity Davies said the girl was a “handful” to her family and, therefore, vulnerable when Wilkinson, then 19, began a sexual relationship with her.

After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Gail Lawrie, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, Operation Topaz, said: “Wilkinson subjected this young child to depraved acts of abuse which will likely have a lasting impact on her health and wellbeing.

“Children under 16 cannot consent to sexual activity under any circumstances and we cannot tolerate or accept such behaviour.

“West Yorkshire Police is committed to protecting the vulnerable in our communities and today’s sentence should underline the seriousness in which both the police and the courts view such offences.

“We commend the victim for showing the strength of character to come forward and enable the police to investigate this crime.”

Wilkinson was also sentenced for setting fire to a caravan and an empty cottage in Oakenshaw, Bradford, on May 10 last year. He admitted arson after causing £25,000 worth of uninsured damage to the building.

Wilkinson pleaded guilty to a further charge of arson when he set fire to a wheelie bin outside a hair dressing salon, causing £2,000 damage.

He was sent to a young offender institution for a total of four years and four months for all the offences.



Bradford Telegraph