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Child sex predator jailed for 7 years

Published July 5, 2013 by misty534

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A SEX predator who shot footage of a child victim in indecent acts wearing her school uniform has been  jailed for seven years and four months.

Paul O’Neill subjected the girl to months of abuse and rape after grooming her following discussions on sex with her and letting her watch pornographic films on his laptop computer.

O’Neill (48) got the girl, then aged 10 and 11, to perform sex acts and gave her instructions as he filmed some of the videos using his mobile phone.

Police computer experts later found 37 indecent videos of the girl along with a further eight images of the child on his laptop.

But they also discovered that he had been hunting on the internet for images of other children, using searches such as preteen sex and Lolita sex.

He was found to have a file of 17 indecent images of other children estimated to be aged between three and 14, which included sexual activity.

A judge told O’Neill at the High Court in Edinburgh that he had pled guilty to an “appalling” course of criminal behaviour.

Lord Uist said the sex offender had set about grooming his victim before taking part in “disgusting sexual acts” towards the child.

The judge told him that those who corrupted children in this way must expect serious punishment.

O’Neill’s downfall came after another girl went to his victim’s home to play with her friend and found a camera recording video in the bathroom.

She also spotted a mobile phone set to record in the bedroom where the girls were getting changed after she stayed over and concerned revealed what she had seen when she returned home to her mother, who reported it to police.

Police carried out a search at the house where unemployed O’Neill was living and found a camera and computers.

He was detained and during an interview with officers confirmed he had put a camera in the room where the girls would be getting changed for “just a cheap thrill”.

Advocate depute Martin Macari earlier told the court: “He accepted that he had watched pornography on the laptop and that there would ‘probably’ be images of people under 16, including images downloaded from the internet and some he had taken himself.”

He confessed that there would be photos and videos of his child victim in the bath or shower and when asked why he took the footage said: “I don’t know.”

He also admitted carrying out sex acts on the child victim and that she performed them on him.

O’Neill, of Braeside, Keith, admitted oral rape and other sexual offences against the girl between December 2011 and September last year and taking or making indecent photographs of children at a house in Moray.

Mr Macari told the court that during the abuse O’Neill had given the child a sex toy and filmed her with it.

The prosecutor said that while O’Neill had previous convictions for traffic offences, he had never been jailed previously.

Defence counsel David Moggach said O’Neill was offering no excuses for his conduct.

He said: “Looking back on it he says he became something he detested.”

O’Neill was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.


The Northern Scot

Sixmilecross man sent explicit text messages to teenage girls

Published July 4, 2013 by misty534

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A 40-YEAR-OLD Sixmilecross man who sent sexually explicit texts to three girls under the age of 16, was spared from going to prison because he did not make an attempt to meet his victims. Sean McElhatton (40) of Main Street agreed to spend three years on Probation during which time he will participate in a Community Sex Offenders group work programme. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders register for five years. At Dungannon Crown Court on Friday, Judge Geoffrey Miller QC also imposed a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) which prohibits McElhatton from having any contact or communication with any child under 18 years and remain under the direction of a Designated Risk Manager. He sent texts to three children between the ages of 13 and 16, with messages to two of the girls being of a sexual nature. He was convicted on charges of attempted to incite a child to engage in a sexual activity and two counts of harassment. He sent the texts between November 2011 and January 2012. Judge Miller stated that the content of the texts indicated that the defendant knew exactly what he was doing. Defence barrister Ian Turkington, instructed by solicitor Padhraic Cunningham, said his client’s abuse of alcohol had “desensitised him and allowed him to make the texts”. Mr Turkington pointed out that, at no stage, did McElhatton reveal his identity to his victims or arrange to meet them, which would have meant him receiving a prison sentence. Suggesting that he participate in the sex offenders programme, defence counsel stated the programme is endorsed by other judges. The court was also told McElhatton has been ostracised by the local community and his family because of his offending. Judge Miller said it was the duty of the court to make sure the issues regarding the offending were addressed. He added that a prison sentence would likely have been a matter of months and rhetorically asked whether that would have addressed the sex offending. The judge added that McElhatton had “acted entirely inappropriately” and there was an issue of an underlying sexual motivation. He also noted that the probation order and sex offenders programme would take a high level of commitment.


Ulster Herald

Paedophile from Grantham jailed and put on sex offenders’ register for life

Published May 29, 2013 by misty534


A paedophile who committed sex offences against three young girls has been jailed for 11 years at Lincoln Crown Court.


Barry Johnson committed serious offences against a young girl in the late 1990s before carrying out attacks a decade later on two other girls in the Grantham area.

Johnson, 50, formerly of Grantham but now living in St Giles Avenue, Sleaford, admitted a total of nine charges of sexual assault involving the three girls.

The offences took place between November 1997 and July last year.

Judge Michael Heath told him “The sentence reflects your overall criminality.

“This was for your own sexual gratification. The effects of what you have done are incalculable.

“You accept that you have a sexual interest in children and you recognise that you need professional help.

“The probation reports says you are a high risk of causing serious harm through sexual offending against little girls. I take the view that you are dangerous.”

Johnson was made the subject of an order banning him for life from having unsupervised contact with any girl under the age of 16.

He was also banned from working with children and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

The court heard one of the victims was just seven years old when Johnson abused her. The others were aged nine and 10.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told the court that at first Johnson denied the allegations claiming he felt “sick to the stomach” and “disbelief”.

In a victim impact statement one of the girls said she felt “numb” and “sick” and could not move on with her life.

Mr Howes added: “He suggested the girls were lying.”

In mitigation the court was told Johnson had no previous convictions and had now admitted his guilt.


Grantham Journal

Paedophile loses plea to quash court ruling

Published May 28, 2013 by misty534



APPEAL REJECTED: Kenneth Trotter, who is serving three years in prison, had his appeal against a Sexual Offences Prevention Order rejected by a judge and two magistrates.

A convicted paedophile described as an “exceptionally dangerous man” after he was jailed earlier this year has lost a legal challenge to have a court order quashed.


Kenneth Trotter, 78, who is serving a three-year jail term, had launched an appeal at Preston Crown Court against a Sexual Offences Prevention Order made last November at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

But his appeal has been rejected by a judge and two magistrates. Trotter, who was convicted and served a substantial prison sentence for numerous sex offences involving boys and young men in Australia, came back to live in Blackpool last May.

He was jailed for three years in January for twice breaching the SOPO order, which requires him to tell police of a change of address within three days.

He was not at Preston Crown Court when Judge Stuart Baker handed down the latest decision. As well as losing his appeal, Trotter will have to pay £3,000 towards the costs of the case.

His four grounds of appeal had been that his case was not properly conducted by a solicitor acting for him, an appeal against the conviction and sentence in Australia was pending, the application was an abuse of process because his appeal in Australia had not been determined and he therefore could not have a fair hearing here and that he was denied an opportunity at the Magistrates’ Court to give evidence.

But Judge Baker and the magistrates stated in their judgment: “Having considered all the evidence in the case we find that Mr Trotter’s behaviour while in Blackpool demonstrates that he will, if he can find a way to do so, avoid providing the police with a genuine address and he will try to create circumstances in which he can have access to young and probably vulnerable people, to give himself the opportunity to commit sexual offences against them.”

Trotter had voiced concerns that a ban on door to door sales would prevent him from continuing his business as a self employed sewing machine repair man. He also submitted the SOPO would effectively make him homeless, claiming every time the police became aware of where he was staying, or proposing to stay, pressure would be put on a landlord to try to prevent him taking the accommodation.

But the bench found the door-to-door ban was “entirely appropriate” and wouldn’t make it impossible for him to conduct his business.

The judge in January described Trotter as an “exceptionally dangerous man” when he gave him three years’ jail for the two offences of breaking the terms of an interim Sexual Offences Prevention Order.


the Gazette


Former Hove resident sentenced for making more than 20,000 indecent images of children

Published May 28, 2013 by misty534


A former Hove resident has been sentenced for making more than 20,000 indecent images of children.

Neil La Touche, 36, a freelance computer engineer, was arrested in November 2010 in a flat in Cromwell Rd, Hove, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday May 25, having previously pleaded guilty to drawing the indecent images from the internet.

The prosecution resulted from an intelligence-led investigation by the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) ofSussex Police.

Detective Constable Jane Tunnicliff said: “There was no evidence of any ‘contact’ offending with children whether directly or on-line, and no evidence that any of the images, which were drawn from the Internet, were of local children. But of course every image represents in itself an offence of child abuse.”

La Touche, now of Swanfield Road, Hull, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, and was given a two-year supervision order and was served with a Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO) severely restricting his access to the Internet.

He is also required to register as a sex offender for ten years and is required to attend a Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP).

He is also required to carry out 200 hours of community service and to pay court costs of £300.


The Argus

Ipswich: Ex-school caretaker is jailed for child sex offences

Published May 28, 2013 by misty534

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A former school caretaker who sexually assaulted a four-year-old girl and took an indecent photograph of her while he was on holiday has been jailed for 16 months.

David Lewis was arrested after the girl’s mother reported the 65-year-old to police.

When officers then searched his Ipswich home they discovered more than 1,000 indecent images of children on his computer, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Lewis, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, admitted sexual touching.

He also pleaded guilty to taking an indecent photograph of a child and making indecent images of children.

Jailing him, Judge Rupert Overbury said it was necessary for him to pass a deterrent sentence on Lewis.

“The nature of what you did while you were on holiday was extremely serious,” said the judge.

In addition to jailing Lewis Judge Overbury ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

Lewis was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order restricting his use of the internet and contact with females under the age of 16.

Hugh Vass, prosecuting, said Lewis was on holiday when the indecent assault took place on the child.

He said the victim’s mother had seen him taking indecent pictures of her daughter and had contacted the police.

Police officers who carried out a search at Lewis’s home found 1,340 indecent images of children on his computer.

These included 697 at the lowest level, level one, 75 at level two, 370 at level three, 192 at level four and six at level five.

He said Lewis had told police he was disgusted with himself.

Azza Brown, for Lewis, said her client had been viewing child pornography for several years.

He had amassed the 1,300 images found on his computer over a seven-year period.

She said Lewis had contacted police and co-operated with them. He had also voluntarily sought professional help.

Ms Brown said her client was a former school caretaker and his interest in child pornography had only started after he left that role.





Mental health nurse from Coedpoeth had child porn on computer

Published May 28, 2013 by misty534

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A REGISTERED mental health nurse who led a rather solitary life has been jailed after he admitted downloading indecent images of children.

Some of the images Anthony Walker, 43, saved onto his computer depicted the sexual abuse of children as young as three months old.

Appearing for sentence at Mold Crown Court Walker – carer for his sick wife – was jailed for eight months and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told him he would be barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.

The judge said they were serious and disturbing offences and stressed it was far from being a victimless crime.

He told Walker, of Waen Road, Coedpoeth, near Wrexham: “Were it not for people such as yourself who chose to access these images, young children would not be forced to take part in such appalling sexual activity for men, often thousands of miles away, to sit at their computers and access the material. The court has to be seen to do what we can to protect such young children.

“I have no doubt the convictions will have very difficult ramifications for you personally and for your close family,” he said, adding Walker had previously worked in the nursing profession and had no previous convictions.

But those consequences “pale into insignificance compared to the suffering and corruption imposed on the children being photographed and filmed”.

Some of the children, said Judge Rowlands, were“very young indeed”.

James Coutts, prosecuting, said Walker was a registered mental health nurse who worked at the New Hall Hospital at Ruabon until he resigned when the offences came to light.

Based on information received, police executed a search warrant under the Protection of Children Act at his home on September 12 last year.

Walker admitted he had downloaded images. A total of 972 images of child sex abuse  were found involving children of both sexes aged from three months to 13 years old.

There were 95 images at level four and nine at the worst level – level five. There were also level four videos.

Police officers also found 1,139 images of scantily clad children in provocative poses but which were not classed as illegal. He had obtained them through a file sharing system but there was no evidence he had distributed any of them.

In a prepared statement to police he admitted responsibility and apologised for the upset caused.

Ceri Evans, defending, said her client was married with no children and was the carer for his wife.

Walker was not only in poor physical health but there was concern about his mental health.

He and his wife led a rather solitary existence with no friends outside his profession they could turn to.

At times his wife was so ill she completely depended upon him.

There was no suggestion of distribution or sharing and there was no commercial element involved.

It was unfortunately his choice to download the images and while they had been saved it was not sophisticated.

Miss Evans had suggested a suspended sentence.


The Leader


Published May 28, 2013 by misty534



A former fire service boss who distributed indecent images of children and had an explicit online conversation with a convicted sex offender has avoided jail.

William Wyllie’s name came to the attention of police when the other man, prolific paedophile Steven King, was arreste d as part of a Metropolitan Police investigation and his web communications checked.

Preston Crown Court heard Wyllie was employed as a locality manager in the fire service covering the South Cumbria area, but had worked across Cumbria, including a stint in Penrith.

The 49-year-old, of Rating Lane, Barrow, pleaded guilty on the second day of a trial to five offences of distributing indecent images of children, plus one offence of publishing an obscene article.

Wyllie was given a three-year community order, which will involve three years’ supervision and a sex offender’s treatment programme.


News & Star

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.

This is staffordshire


Published May 26, 2013 by misty534



A judge has told a pervert who viewed indecent images of children to consider the trauma inflicted on them.

Recorder Eric Lamb spoke out after sentencing a man for 20 counts of making indecent photos of children.

John Rae, 29, of Queen Street, Workington, avoided jail after pleading guilty to all 20 counts.

Carlisle Crown Court heard 12 of the charges were classed as level one, the least serious category, six at level three, and two at level four. Level five is the most serious.

The court heard Rae had been “introduced to the concept” rather than actively seeking the images out.

Recorder Lamb, in sentencing Rae, told him: “Behind every real image of an abused child is a child who was actually abused for the creation of that image.

“And those who view such images need to think of the trauma to that child that took place to create that image for you to view.”

He added that the number of images was “relatively small in the scale of things” and gave Rae credit for his early guilty plea.

Rae was handed a three-year community order with a supervision requirement.

He was ordered to enter a sex offenders’ programme and sign the sexual offenders’ register for five years.

He was also given a five- year sexual offences prevention order banning him for using any device capable of accessing the internet unless it is fitted with a recording device.

And he was ordered to pay costs of £500 and a surcharge of £60.


By David Hemming