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Social worker let girl, five, sit on paedophile’s lap

Published February 12, 2015 by JS2

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Despite child protection issues being at the top of most council’s agenda, one social services department gave a paedophile unrestricted access to a five-year-old girl.

The girl was even allowed to sit on the pervert’s lap in front of a social worker from Norfolk County Council.

Nor was the girl’s mother warned about his history despite him recently serving a five-year prison sentence for attacks on girls as young as seven.

She said: ‘They failed me, they put my daughter at risk and I want some kind of justice.’

What was most concerning, however, was when he disappeared with the girl

The mother alleges the man sexually assaulted her on April 25 before taking her daughter on a shopping trip alone. She phoned social services and was told to call the police immediately.

Officers tracked him down after about an hour and established the girl had not been harmed. Two days after this incident, social workers revealed his history of abuse and claimed the mother must have been aware.

A council spokesman said: ‘It is disappointing that when he was present during a meeting at the mother’s home, we didn’t put two and two together and realise that he was a convicted paedophile.’

The social worker involved has since quit and the girl was taken into care.

The allegation is the latest to hit Norfolk Children’s Services after Ofsted raised concerns about child protection in the county. A senior Government social work adviser who worked on the Baby P case has been drafted in to help turn the department around.

The case came to light after MPs and foster carers called for an investigation into claims the department has wrongly removed dozens of children from their carers.

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Wirral father who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children walks free from court

Published January 15, 2015 by JS2

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Wirral father who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children walks free from court

A young Wirral father caught downloading thousands of indecent images of children walked free from court today.

Sean Molloy, who had more 3,000 such images on two computers, one belonging to his girlfriend, did not believe there was anything wrong with looking at them, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

The 27-year-old told a probation officer that the girls “were involved because of their own free will and wanted to be filmed.”

Judge David Aubrey, QC, told him, “Nothing could be further from the truth. Each and every child depicted in these images were being exploited.

“You having the perception that such children are involving themselves in such activities because of their own free will illustrates to this court that there are severe issues that have to be addressed as far as you are concerned.

“They were not consenting…they were being manipulated and exploited by others who were filming and then distributing such indecent material and they were being manipulated and exploited by anybody examining such material.

“Every image you watched and observed for your own sexual gratification represented the abuse of that child and by observing such images you perpetuated and people like you perpetuate such abuse of vulnerable children,” he said.

He added: “Your thought process is completely and utterly flawed.”

However, the judge imposed a 12-month jail sentence on Molloy, of Atherton Road, New Brighton, suspended for two years, largely because it was almost two years since he was first arrested for the offences.

He also placed him under supervision for two years and ordered him to attend the stringent Northumbria sex offenders group programme.

The judge also imposed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order “to protect children from serious sexual harm” and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Molloy pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images and one of possessing them.

Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said that police raided his home in March 2013 and arrested him on unrelated matters.

His computer was seized and was found to have child porn images on it. In August he was re-arrested in Shropshire where he was living with his girlfriend and more indecent images were found on her computer which he used.

He was again bailed and meanwhile forensic examination revealed a total of 3,596 indecent images on the computers, 465 in the most serious category.

Paul Davison, defending, said Molloy, who has previous convictions including criminal damage and possessing cannabis, was being supported in court by his mother and brother. “But other members of his family are not so supportive.”

He was present at the birth of his daughter last September but as a result of the proceedings he has not seen her since.

Mr Davison said it was accepted that he has issues which need addressing and he represents a high risk of harm to children .

Wirral Globe

Paedophile who had extreme child sex images is found in playground in Swansea – now he’s been jailed

Published January 14, 2015 by JS2

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A MAN who visited a children’s play area despite having a lifetime ban preventing him from going to places frequented by youngsters has been jailed.

A judge said he would be failing in his public duty if he did not give David John Filor an immediate prison sentence.

Filor, of The Strand, was seen in a play area attached to the Volcano Theatre project on Swansea’s High Street in July last year.

Swansea Crown Court heard he had visited the area a number of times and staff thought he was “odd”, though there was no suggestion that he had approached any of the youngsters using the play scheme.

He was arrested a short time after leaving the venue.

The court was told the High Street incident was the third time the 34-year-old had breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo) which bans him from going to schools, leisure centres and other places frequented by children under 16.

Filor had been jailed and given an indefinite Sopo in 2011 after admitting to making and possessing more than 400 of indecent images of children, more than 80 of which were in the most extreme category.

The sentencing judge in that case — Christopher Llewellyn-Jones — branded the images as “exceedingly disgusting, revolting and very disturbing”.

However, within hours of being released from prison he breached the order and was arrested while looking at children in the swimming pool of Newport Leisure Centre; and then after serving a further sentence he breached the order again by trying to arrange a day out in Swansea with the young daughter of a woman who was working in a charity shop.

His Honour Judge Peter Heywood QC jailed Peel for 15 months for the High Street breach, saying it was a matter of “grave concern” that he was frequenting places where he should not be.

He said: “I would be failing in my duty to the public if I did anything other than impose an immediate custodial sentence.”

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Judge says paedophile can continue living opposite his 14-year-old victim because he would suffer hardship if forced to move home

Published December 9, 2014 by JS2
  • The 52-year-old sex attacker’s home is opposite his 14-year-old victim 
  • Ruling forbidding paedophile from living in the property overturned   
  • The Court of Appeal heard the sex offender would suffer if forced to leave
  • Victim’s family say his rights had been put above their daughters

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A paedophile has been allowed to keep living opposite his 14-year-old victim because it would cause him hardship to move.

The Court of Appeal has overturned a legal ruling forbidding the convicted sex attacker from living in his home – which he bought from the council with a £75,000 discount – because he may suffer if he’s forced to leave.

Now the victim’s mother has slammed the judge for putting the rights of a convicted sex offender above those of her daughter, who was just 12 when she was sexually assaulted.

The 52-year-old paedophile was convicted last year and handed an eight-month jail term suspended for two years in May after being convicted of stroking the bottom and thigh of the young girl after inviting her round for strawberries and cream.

After his conviction, the sex attacker was ordered to stay out of the street he shares with his victim, and to not have any contact with her.

But Court of Appeal judge Sir Richard Henriques overturned part of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order, forbidding him from living in his house.

The girl and her family are forced to move out of their home in Broadfield, West Sussex, because she cannot stand to be near her attacker, who cannot be named for legal reasons in case it identifies his young victim.

The child’s mother said:’How would it be causing him hardship?

‘He was living with his mum and dad when he was banned from living in this street, so it’s not like he would be left on the streets.

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What about my daughter? There has been no thought for her at all.

‘He is the one that’s committed the crime and she’s the one who’s going to end up suffering, because we’re going to have to move.’

Judge Henriques ruled that the man may suffer hardship if he was denied the opportunity to live in his house.

In his report, he said: ‘We question whether the appellant can conceivably have contemplated that one of the consequences of any conviction might be the loss of this long-term, much cherished and highly valued home.

‘The loss of it would indeed, in our judgement, be most disproportionate.’

Adam Pemberton, Assistant Chief Executive for the charity Victim Support said:’Sadly, this family’s experience is not an isolated case.

‘All too often victims of sexual assault tell us they do not feel safe when the person convicted of a crime against them is released.

‘It is critical that crime victims can have their say throughout the criminal justice process. Without their evidence and testimony, criminals would not be put away.’

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Paedophile back behind bars after staying overnight in house with children in Cirencester

Published December 4, 2014 by JS2

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A PAEDOPHILE is back behind bars after flouting a court order by staying overnight in a Cirencester house where children were present.

In 2010, Thomas Asquith was jailed for two years after he sent an 11-year-old girl from Bourton-on-the-Water 37 text messages in one day and encouraged her to text him a picture of herself naked.

When he was arrested police found indecent images of children on his computer.

Now known as Thomas Jay, the 34-year-old was back before Gloucester Crown Court recently for breaching the Sexual Offences Prevention Order he was given in 2010 by staying in a house in The Green, Cirencester, where children under 17 were present.

Jay, who previously lived in Moreton-in-Marsh but now has an address in Thomas Street in Cirencester, also committed a new offence of possessing indecent images of children.

He pleaded guilty to five offences of breaching the order by staying in a house in The Green, Cirencester, where children were present between August 15 and September 8 this year.

He also admitted two charges of failing to comply with the requirements of the order by not informing police that he was staying at an address where children were present.

During the hearing at Gloucester Crown Court on November 28, Judge William Hart was told that Jay had pleaded guilty to four other offences of breaching the order and one of possession of indecent images of children just two days earlier.

During the hearing on November 28, prosecutor Dermot Clarke asked for a pre-sentence report on Jay before he was sentenced for all the offences, to which Judge Hart agreed.

The judge remanded Jay in custody until January 7, telling him: “It seems to me that a custodial sentence is inevitable – I expect you share that view.”

In 2010, Jay admitted three offences of causing a girl to engage in sexual activity and six of possessing indecent images of children.

At the time, Judge Hart said he was “a paedophile and a danger to children”.

As well as the jail term and order, the judge banned Jay from working with children for life and told him to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

Aberdeen paedophile communicted with girl via sign language

Published November 7, 2014 by JS2

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An Aberdeen paedophile was back behind bars last night after he admitted communicating sexually with a 14-year-old girl – via sign language.

Serial offender Brian Morrison, whose record of sexual offences against children dates back to 1984, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and admitted being in breach of a sexual offences prevention order, imposed four years ago.

The order, Morrison’s third, forbids him from approaching, contacting or communicating with children.

However, the 53-year-old admitted breaking those conditions by using sign language to send a sexual message to his latest victim as she was standing at her flat window and he was seated in his car outside.

Fiscal depute Gavin Letford told the court Morrison had also been facing two other charges which alleged he had breached his SOPO, however his not guilty pleas to those were accepted by the Crown.

He said: “The accused is a registered sex offender who was made subject to a sexual offences prevention order on September 22, 2010. One of the conditions is that he is prohibited from having contact with children under-17 unless it is unavoidable.”

He said that at the time of the latest offence, which was between May and June this year, the school girl had been at her home address in Aberdeen when Morrison pulled his car up outside.

Mr Letford said the girl waved to Morrison from her window and in response he used his hands to convey a sexual gesture.

Mr Letford said the girl understood what he was trying to sign to her and his actions made her feel “mortified and shocked”.

Representing the repeat offender, solicitor Paul Barnett said that on the day of the offence Morrison had been dropping of his wife of 14-years, who remains supportive of him despite his criminal offending.

He said his client accepted he was in breach of the order, but had not gone out of his way to offend and had made no attempt to approach the girl.

Sentencing Morrison, a prisoner at HMP Grampian, to 15 months in custody, Sheriff William Summers said he had to take into account that Morrison had a “significant history” of sexual offending and that the order was in place in order to “protect potential victims from further abuse”.

Man jailed again for child abuse images

Published August 6, 2013 by JS2

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A MAN who started downloading indecent images of children just 16 months after he was released from prison for similar offences is back behind bars.

Brett Saunders, of Beaulieu Close, Toothill, had thousands of pictures and movies of child abuse on his computer which he was banned from owning.

The 40-year-old was caught after an investigation by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre into a website where ‘bespoke’ images of abuse were made.

Rosie Collins, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the site could only be accessed by prior knowledge and involved having specialist software downloaded.

“It was a site were movies were effectively being made to order: bespoke movies,” she told the court, adding there was no indication he had been involved in ordering abuse.

They traced one of the users to Saunders and arrested him at his home in Swindon in September last year. When they searched it they found a laptop, a hard drive, two thumb drives, and a mobile phone, none of which he was allowed to have.

The hardware and storage media were examined and found to contain more than 5,000 images and movies of children being abused.

Miss Collins said the vast majority of them were of victims under the age of 13 with some as young as three or four years old.

She said in May 2010 he was jailed for eight months and also put under a sexual offences prevention order.

The terms of that order meant he was not allowed to use a computer or other device without approved filter software and the permission of the police.

When he was questioned he admitted he had been downloading indecent images of children saying he couldn’t explain why he started doing it again.

Saunders pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order, eight counts of making and one of possessing indecent images of children.

He was jailed in 2010 after a work mate found one of his CDs of vile images lying about at work, and when police were closing in on him he threw a laptop into a river.

Graham Bennett, defending, said that during his short prison sentence he received little help for his addiction to the material he was looking at.

He said he knew that he was facing the prospect of a jail term for what he had done.

Passing sentence Judge Euan Ambrose said: “Between November 2011 and September last year, a period of about ten-and-a- half months, you searched for, sought out and downloaded no fewer than 5,672 indecent images of children.

“In all probability there were more on your computer, but the police only have resources to catalogue them so far.

“You express remorse and a desire to seek treatment. While there is no reason to suppose those expressions are not sincere, they have to be viewed against the background here of repeat offending and the manner in which you breached the sexual offences prevention order.

“These were offences committed within a relatively short time after your release from your last prison sentence.”

He jailed him for two years and eight months and imposed a new sexual offences prevention order for when he is finally released.

 

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