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Convicted paedophile who hid in Scotland is jailed for evading police

Published January 21, 2015 by JS2

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A dangerous paedophile has been jailed for 16 months after repeatedly trying to evade police checks.

Craig Sheen, who is from the Midlands, went underground after being released from jail for using Facebook to lure a 14-year-old girl into having sex. He was discovered hiding out in Scotland.

The 30-year-old was found by chance in Perth after failing to report where he had moved to under the terms of the sex offenders register.

Sheriff William Wood noted that Sheen had a previous conviction for a similar offence and had demonstrated a repeated desire to disappear from public view.

He said: “You are on the register with requirements which are absolute and very clear. You know what you are allowed to do and what you are not.

“You have a previous conviction and were given a custodial sentence for the same thing. You are persistent and don’t seem to have any proper regard to the order which you are subject to. A further deterrent is required.”

Sheen, who is considered a danger to the public and was previously made subject to a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), was also found using a phone with internet access despite being banned.

He admitted breaching his SOPO by using a Blackberry and by moving to Perth illicitly.

Sheen was jailed for more than three years in 2010 after having sex with a teenage girl he befriended on the internet. He admitted five counts of sexual activity with the 14-year-old girl when he knew she was under age.

Coventry Crown Court was told Sheen had contacted the girl through social networking site Facebook and had initially claimed he was a teenager as well.

They communicated using the social media site and Sheen had sex with the girl after inviting her to Coventry. When they finally met, Sheen admitted he was older than he had claimed online and bragged to the schoolgirl about having more than 12 years of sexual experience.

It emerged that Sheen had moved to Perth but had broken the terms of his order by failing to tell the police about his new address in September this year.

Fiscal depute Lisa Marshall said: “After speaking with the accused on another matter, they carried out a check and it came back that he was a registered sex offender.”

He told the police that he had arrived in Perth seven days earlier. The police seized his mobile phone and found that it was an internet-enabled Blackberry device.

“The accused told them he had been staying at a friend’s house in Perth for seven days. He admitted he had never notified the police.”

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Children’s illustrator downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images of children and bestiality, court is told

Published August 9, 2013 by JS2

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A CHILDREN’S illustrator collected more than 1,000 indecent images of child and bestiality images on his computer.

Father-of-two Michael Komarnyckj, 56, was caught when he accessed a website being monitored by the police, Gloucester Crown court was told today, Friday.

Smartly dressed in a dark suit and tie, Komarnyckj, of Fir Tree House, Nailsworth, admitted 10 charges of possession of illegal images.

The court was told that Komarnyckj’s wife was fully aware of the offences and that the couple remained in a stable relationship.

He was given a 12 month jail term suspended for two years with supervision and a requirement to undergo the Thames Valley Sex Offender Programme.

He was also fined £1,000, ordered to pay £500 costs and a £100 surcharge.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him “This is a sad day for you. You have brought utter disgrace upon yourself and I suspect huge embarrassment as well – not only for yourself but for your wife and two children.

“Your are the fifth man in his fifties to appear in this court before me in the last two weeks for downloading this type of filth “One day we will understand why men of your age find it necessary for sexual gratification to look at images of young children and of people suffering violence and indignity.

“The images you looked at showed children suffering the most appalling indignities.”

Prosecutor Julian Kesner said police raided Komarnyckj’s home with a search warrant and seized three computers and a separate hard drive, Nine hundred and eighty two illegal images were found.

There were 874 child porn images at the least serious Level 1, two at Level 2, 13 at Level 3, 33 at Level 4 and none at the most serious Level 5.

Police also found 177 extreme pornographic images involving people with animals. And there were 157 prohibited cartoon images.

When arrested and interviewed by police, Komarnyckj made frank admissions, said Mr Kesner.

Mohammed Iqbal, defending, said Komarnyckj is a man of previous good character with two adult children. His family were fully aware of the offences and he remained in a stable relationship with his wife, he said.

“The family are working hard to get through this he has their full support,” he said.

“He is a children’s book illustrator, a freelance, although that does not pay a huge amount of money. He also does some seasonal warehouse work.”

Passing sentence on Komarnyckj, the judge said the sex offender programme would not be an easy option for him, “You will be going into corners of your psyche into which you would rather not go,” he said. “It will help you to understand why you require this filth.”

On his website, Komarnyckj states “I originally trained as a teacher of art and design but fate being what it is I ended up working as a freelance illustrator and have done for the past 25 years.

“I still spend my spare time away from my drawing board painting or taking photographs indulging my personal creativity free from the constraints of editors and publishers.

“I’m lucky enough to live in the Cotswolds, the southern part removed from the chocolate box villages and tourist honey pots most people associate with this area.”

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Paedophile used Facebook to offer 15-year-olds money for sexual favours

Published August 6, 2013 by JS2

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He is jailed for 40 months and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life

A paedophile made explicit suggestions and offered drugs and money in return for sexual favours after contacting two 15-year-old girls on Facebook, a court heard.

Paul Anthony Williams, 36, of no fixed address, was jailed for 40 months at Caernarfon crown court and must register as a sex offender for life. A court order restricts his internet use and contact with girls.

Williams admitted sexual grooming and inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity. Police were alerted after the mother of one of the teenagers, of Prestatyn and Denbigh, saw Facebook messages from Williams.

Defence counsel Simon Mintz said Williams’s record was “unappealing” but his last sex offence was a decade ago. Although there was “sex talk” with the girls, no sexual assaults actually took place.

Prosecutor Caroline Harris said Williams’s history included a 1996 conviction for indecent assault on a girl of six, and sexual intercourse with underage girls.

Recorder Keith Bush said Williams was “extremely dangerous” to young girls. He had persistently contacted one of his latest victims to meet up for sexual purposes.

The judge said “serious distress” had been caused. “Mercifully, matters didn’t proceed as far as any physical meeting between you and the young girls,” he added.

“It’s behaviour which I’m sad to say seems to be part of your personality.”

 

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Former Warwickshire police officer guilty of indecent child images offence

Published August 2, 2013 by JS2

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A former Warwickshire police officer has been sentenced to a three-year community supervision order for three counts of making indecent images of a child and five counts of outraging public decency.

Robert William Tedds, of Grange Road, Leamington, has also been ordered to register as a sex offender for a period of five years and to pay £425 costs to the court.

Tedds, who was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court today (Friday), had pleaded guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing in July, when he also requested a further ten counts of outraging public decency be taken into consideration.

Detective Inspector John Cashion said: “This was a thorough and independent police investigation into serious offences.

“Tedds previously held a position of trust in the community and we hope this case sends a clear message that no one is above the law.”

The investigation was carried out by West Mercia Police due to Tedds’ background as a former Warwickshire officer, who is also married to Warwickshire Police Superintendent Debbie Tedds.

Cricklade paedophile jailed for indecent images of children

Published July 30, 2013 by JS2

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A CRICKLADE man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to 11 counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

Thirty-year-old Richard Graeme Leighton was sentenced to two years eight months in prison by Judge Ambrose when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday, July 26.

In September last year Wiltshire Police received information from another police force that Mr Leighton was making indecent images of children and sharing them online.

A search warrant was executed at his home address in Cricklade and a number of items seized. He was arrested and admitted in interview that he had made indecent images and shared them online by giving other users his password.

An examination of a seized laptop revealed over 850 indecent images and videos. More images and movies were discovered on his iPhone.

Detective Constable Sarah Dalby from the child internet exploitation team said: ‘It was clear from the examination of material in this case that the offender had progressed from simply accessing and possessing images through to sharing and covertly recording material for his own gratification.

‘Those who view and download indecent images or videos of children fuel a demand for more and more content of this nature.

‘This case highlights our commitment to tackling these crimes and working with others forces and partner agencies in order to do this.

‘We have specialist teams of officers trained to deal with all aspects of sexual abuse against both children and adults. Victims can be assured that they will be believed and all reports will be thoroughly investigated.’

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or suspects that children are being abused should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary, The Gables, Shrivenam Road, Swindon.

The SARC is a dedicated centre offering support to any victim of a sexual assault where trained professionals can provide immediate medical care and treatment, a forensic examination, counselling and onward referral to other necessary services.

The SARC offers a 24-hour helpline on 0808 168 0024 or log onto newswindonsanctuary.co.uk.

Cradley Heath pervert jailed after amassing 120,000 child porn images

Published July 30, 2013 by JS2

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A CRADLEY Heath pervert built up a vile collection of over 120,000 indecent photographs and films of youngsters after becoming addicted to child pornography.

Judge John Warner sentenced Matthew Hunt to two years behind bars at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Judge Warner said: “This was dreadful and appalling behaviour towards young children and I hope you are thoroughly ashamed at watching what you were watching.”

“It got to the stage where you had to see more and more things to satisfy your addiction.”

Mr John Evans prosecuting said Hunt, aged 28, operated a share system that enabled him to look at sickening indecent images owned by other like minded people and they had access to his files.

When police officers acting on information went to Hunt’s home in Meadow Walk and he told them: “You will find what you are looking for.”

Hunt said he had downloaded hundreds of thousands of images, his interest was in six to 12 year old’s and he described how he fantasied about the photographs and films.

It was an “escape,” he went on adding that he had thought about doing some of the things in the images but he was “too scared.”

There were over 120,000 images and films with the likelihood of many more, said Mr Evans and they ranged from level one to level five – the most serious category..

Mr Gurdeep Garcha defending said Hunt accepted the images were “disgusting” and that “untold misery” had been caused to the children involved by the “continuous cycle of abuse.”

He said: “He acknowledges he has deep seated problems. He is someone who is isolated socially. These images were a refuge for him and a sexual outlet.”

Mr Garcha said: “He was downloading more images than he could possibly view and there was an element of relief when the police knocked on his front door.”

Hunt admitted 10 charges of making indecent images of children and 10 of distributing the images and he was further told he must register as a Sex Offender for 10 years and made the subject of a lifelong Sexual Offenders Protection Order.

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Dangerous Merseyside paedophile locked up for seven years he had 3.5 million indecent images and more than 16,000 films

Published July 22, 2013 by JS2

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Police found 3.5 million indecent images and more than 16,000 films on Thomas Owen’s computer

A dangerous paedophile was jailed for seven years after police found more then 3.5 million indecent images on his computer.

Thomas Owen, 33, also paid for a seven-year-old Filipino boy to be abused to order.

Detectives chanced upon a web chat Owen, known as Porkchop91 online, had with another paedophile who they arrested as part of an investigation into the file sharing site Gigatribe.

When he was arrested they found his computer and hard drives were protected by an encryption code which prevented them seeing what he stored.

Chris Hopkins, prosecuting, said Owen, of Wilton Street, Wallasey, admitted being attracted to children wearing nappies and swimwear but would collect anything he could swap with other perverts.

He gave them the passwords to his files where they found more then 3.5 million indecent images of children and more than 16,000 movies, so many that most of them could not be categorised for seriousness because it would take too long.

Owen, who was jailed for three years in 2003 for “fondling” an eight-year-old boy in South Carolina while he was working for Camp America as a volunteer, pleaded guilty to 27 counts of inciting a child to commit indecent acts, making, distributing and possessing indecent images of children.

Zilla Williams, defending, told the court Owen was “shocked and surprised by the numbers being talked about but he doesn’t seek to challenge them at all”.

She added: “This is a case where the defendant has paid directly three specific sums of money to a particular family or individual where one child has been involved. Whilst he may have mentioned it to another on a chat line he has not sold those images. Those were images he paid for for himself.”

Judge Brian Lewis branded Owen a “dangerous offender”.

He added: “This court in the course of its duties sadly has to deal with many cases like this involving the exploitation of children for sexual purposes but rarely I can say has one come across a case with such exceptional levels of criminality.”

He jailed him for seven years with an extended license period of three years and told him to sign on the sex offenders register for life.

 

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