A MAN who was arrested in Selsey last year, was charged with making indecent images of children yesterday (July 31).
David Ward, 38, now of Canute Road, Southampton, was charged with six offences relating to making a total of 24 indecent images of children.
He is due to appear on bail at Brighton Magistrates Court of Thursday, August 22.
Ward had been arrested at his then address in Selsey on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, by officers from the Paedophile On Line Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police, on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.
A laptop computer was seized for examination and he was subsequently released on police bail while enquiries continued.
A police spokesman said: “There are no allegations of any contact offending, and none of the images relate to local children.”
A SEX offender banned from being alone with schoolgirls has been locked up after a court heard he used “predatory” behaviour to get time alone with North-east children.
Alastair Hooper was jailed for five years in 2009 for committing child sex offences in England. Released early from his sentence, the 37-year-old was subject to a court order barring him from contact with girls under 16.
But he soon struck up a relationship with an Ellon mum that allowed him to twice spend time alone with her two young daughters.
Hooper, from Southampton, was locked up again for four and-a-half years at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday after admitting breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO). Sheriff Annella Cowan slammed his behaviour as “predatory” as she sent him back to jail.
A SOUTHAMPTON pensioner appeared in court on 16 child pornography charges.
Robert Young, 65, of Arthur Road, faced eight charges of making indecent moving images and eight of possessing them.
He did not enter a plea to the charges but indicated he would plead guilty at the next hearing, and Judge Keith Cutler adjourned the hearing until September 3.
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A 48-year-old man has been jailed for a year for sex offences involving children he had access to through his work for City of York Council.
Simon Charles Herd carried out work on behalf of the council for several years before his arrest on charges of possessing indecent photographs of children and of voyeurism.
Herd, who used to live in York but moved to Southampton after his arrest, pleaded guilty on April 17 before York Magistrates Court to 15 charges of possessing sexual images of children on his home computer and two of using secret cameras to film children, when they were unaware they were being filmed, for his own sexual gratification.
Judge Stephen Ashurst jailedhim for eight months at York Crown Court yesterday for the voyeurism charges, and a further four months for possession of indecent photographs.
He also placed him on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and made him subject to a ten-year sex offenders’ prevention order which will curtail his behaviour after his release from prison. The order was made at the request of the prosecution in a bid to stop him committing more sexual crimes.
The judge also banned him from ever working with children again
After the sentencing, City of York Council issued a statement, which said: “The council is pleased that agencies across the city have worked so successfully since allegations were made about Mr Simon Herd to investigate and bring the matter to court. As with all cases such as this, the council will, as usual, have a full debrief and review in the next few days when all information regarding the case is available.”
When the case first appeared before the courts, the council sought an order to impose reporting restrictions, including a ban on identifying Herd. Magistrates rejected this after hearing from The Press.