Bradford on Avon man who lied about sex crimes on CV
A PERVERT who lied about his history of sex offending to get a job with an engineering firm has been jailed for two years.
When David Seaman, of Lower Westwood, was again arrested for having indecent pictures of children, his third set of sex offences, his bosses and colleagues learned of his seedy past.
Now the 49-year-old is back behind bars after a judge jailed him for two years for the latest bout of offending.
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court on Friday that in 2011, the year after his release from prison, he gave a CV to C&D Recruitment omitting his criminal past.
Three years later, in 2014, police got information about people accessing a particular website with one of the users living at Seaman’s address.
They went to the house and seized his computer equipment, which contained 177 indecent images of children, mostly girls aged between five and 12.
She said he had also put ‘the usual terms’ used to look for the material into search engines and when he was questioned admitted what he had done.
“The images appear to have been collected over a fairly long period of time, just after his release from a previous sentence in June 2010,” she said.
On his computers police also found software for wiping the history, which had been used to cover up much of what he had been up to online.
Ms Squire said he had been receiving a salary for a job which he would not have received if he had told the truth about his past.
Seaman admitted deception, possessing indecent images of children and three counts of making them. He gave the court an address at West View Farm, Lower Westwood, Bradford on Avon, where he had rented a flat until June 1 this year.
Seaman, who was not represented by a lawyer, told the court why, saying: “I am guilty so I don’t think I should waste their time.”
Jailing him, Judge Tim Mousley QC said: “To your credit the pre-sentence report indicates that you are motivated to change you ways now.
“I very much hope that is not a false dawn. There have been previous occasions when you have attempted to do this but not succeeded.”
Jailing him for two years he said he would be barred from working with children and must register as a sex offender for ten years.
He also imposed a sexual harm prevention order restricting his use of computers on his release and ensuring he allows them to be monitored by the police.
Seaman was jailed for two years in 2009 after he was convicted at Portsmouth Crown Court of a series of similar offences, being released in June 2010.
As well as downloading indecent images of children he was also found to have taken pictures up the skirts of youngsters.
He denied those matters, claiming his girlfriend who found the material was ‘trying to stitch him up’ but was found guilty by a jury who were told he had been convicted of filming up women’s skirts in 1997.
Former partner shops her pervert boyfriend
A horrified woman shopped her boyfriend to the police after discovering a huge stash of child sexual abuse images on their computer.
Kate was devastated to find out that her partner, David Seaman, had been trawling the internet looking for sordid images of children being abused.
Today Kate spoke of her turmoil at reporting the man she had once loved to police.
The 27-year-old said: ‘It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make.
‘We had been together for three years and we were planning a future together.
‘We had talked about children and I thought we were really happy.
‘I had noticed that he would spend a lot of time on the computer and would turn it off when I came in to the room – but I could never have dreamed what he was up to.’
Kate discovered Seaman’s child porn on their computer at the home they previously shared in Muccleshell Close, Leigh park, Havant, in the summer of 2007 and confronted him about it.
‘I felt physically sick when I saw what he had been doing,’ she said.
‘I couldn’t believe what was happening at first – it was like it was not real.
‘When I confronted him about it he tried to make out that it was nothing to do with him and the images must have been on the computer already.
‘I wanted to believe him. I thought that was a reasonable explanation at the time – although now I just feel stupid for giving him another chance.’
Just a few months later, in November 2007, Miss Sheridan came across another stash of child porn on the computer.
She said: ‘That was the final straw. I couldn’t believe I had given him the benefit of the doubt. I felt like such a mug.
‘I spoke to my family and we reported it to the police.
‘Officers came around the same night and I had to be interviewed. It was a horrible experience. I kept thinking ”what if I have got this wrong?”’
Seaman was arrested and officers found more than 3,000 indecent images of children and footage secretly filmed by Seaman up a young girl’s skirt.
Today the 42-year pervert of Arundel Road, Gosport, is beginning a two-year sentence after being convicted of downloading child porn and taking indecent images of children.
During the trial the jury heard that Seaman had a previous conviction for taking pictures up young women’s skirts.
Miss Sheridan said: ‘I’m glad it’s all over now. I don’t ever want to have to think about him again.’
JURY REJECTED HIS VERSION OF EVENTS
David Seaman refused to own up to downloading child porn and forced his ex-partner, Kate, to go through the ordeal of giving evidence at court.
Seaman maintained that he had not been responsible for the indecent images on the computer, and he effectively pointed the finger of blame at Miss Sheridan who he claimed was trying to stitch him up.
She said: ‘I could not believe it when I heard he was going to plead not guilty.
‘It was a horrible experience – especially as I had to face him and see him in the court.’
Seaman was convicted after trial at Portsmouth Crown Court. The jury took just hours to reject his version of events.
Man faces jail over child porn
A pervert with a fetish for child porn and taking pictures up young women’s skirts is facing jail.
David Seaman secretly filmed a nine-year-old girl and downloaded more than 3,000 indecent images of children onto his home computer.
Police raided the 42-year-old’s home in Muccleshell Close, Leigh Park, on July 17, 2007.
Officers seized his home computer, hard drive and digital camera and sent them away for forensic examination.
They found a huge stash of child pornography which included images of children being sexually abused.
They also recovered footage taken by Seaman on his digital camera which showed two young women walking up an escalator.
Seaman had pointed the camera up the women’s skirts without their knowledge.
Detectives also found a short movie which featured a nine-year-old girl walking up a flight of stairs.
He was arrested and questioned by police in July 2007.
Seaman admitted having a fetish for filming young women, but denied downloading the indecent images of children and taking the secret footage.
He continued to deny any wrong-doing and went on trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.
But the jury found him guilty of downloading the child porn and taking the secret footage.
Judge Christopher Leigh told Seaman that he faced a prison sentence when he returned to court next month.
During the course of the trial the jury heard that Seaman was previously convicted of secretly filming up women’s skirts in June 1997.
Police today welcomed the conviction.
Detective Constable Jamie Collins, from Waterlooville CID, said: ‘This was a particularly unpleasant case. This man is clearly a danger to children and to women.’
Seaman was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register. The exact term for which he is liable to sign the register will be determined by the length of sentence he receives. Seaman was released on bail and will return to Portsmouth Crown Court to be sentenced on June 19.