February 2018

Pervert admits sex allegations including indecent images involving children

A sex offender has pleaded guilty to having child abuse images and trying to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Dennis Davies, 26, admitted six charges at Teesside Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs of children – 263 images at various levels of seriousness – between January and September last year.

He also admitted possessing a prohibited image of a “cartoon” child and possessing an extreme pornographic image involving an animal between the same dates.

He admitted attempting to cause or incite an underage boy to engage in sexual activity between August 30 and September 2 last year.

He also admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order imposed at Exeter Crown Court in 2010 by trying to contact a boy, and failing to comply with notification requirements as a sex offender by not registering two alias names.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, bailed Davies, of Easton Street, Thornaby, until sentencing on February 22.

He told Davies: “You’ve had the good sense to plead guilty to this indictment. You’ll be given the appropriate credit for those pleas of guilty.”

October 2010

‘Tickling’ man guilty of sex assault on girl,11

A 19-YEAR-OLD Ilfracombe man has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for 18 months for molesting a young girl who he claimed he was only tickling.

Dennis Davies, of High Street, was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on Monday, for an offence involving an 11-year-old girl from Barnstaple.

Judge Graham Cottle said there was no alternative as Davies was continuing to deny his guilt despite “overwhelming evidence”.

The defendant had been found guilty of an offence of sexual activity with a child, at a trial at the Crown Court earlier this year.

The court heard that a witness disturbed Davies when he was sexually assaulting the youngster last year and there was DNA evidence to link him to this.

Davies, tearfully giving evidence, described feeling scared and panicked when the witness accused him of the offence.

He insisted to the court that he had no sexual intentions towards the girl and had not touched her inappropriately.

He said that the girl approached him to speak to him, they chatted and then he tickled her.

He said that he did not know why his DNA was linked to the offence, but gave possible reasons for why this had happened.

Prosecutor Mary McCarthy, at the latest hearing, said the defendant had no previous convictions.

Defence counsel Nigel Wraith said his client was maintaining his innocence.

“The pre-sentence report says there is no alternative but immediate detention in a young offenders’ institution,” he said.

“I can’t put forward an alternative other than to keep the sentence as short as possible.

“The report does allow you to see some of his background, a pretty troubled background. He’s not had an easy life by any stretch of the imagination.

“He’s hoping to move to another part of the country and start afresh.”

Mr Wraith added the defendant had been receiving help from his GP for mental health issues and this treatment had begun before the alleged offence.

Judge Graham Cottle said he was taking into account legal guidelines for the length of sentence he was passing.

He told Davies: “You were convicted on overwhelming evidence, evidence for which you have no explanation whatsoever.

“I told you when you were convicted that unless you cooperated with the probation service by accepting what you had been convicted of, there was little that was going to come out of that report for you or me. You chose to maintain your complete denial in this, you tried to explain it innocently. You were not innocent, you were guilty.”

Judge Cottle imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for five years and put Davies on the Sexual Offender Register until further notice.