November 2018

Serial sex offender from Blackburn is jailed for 28 months

Trevor Howard, who was jailed for 28 months at Preston Crown Court

A PERVERT addicted to viewing images of child sexual abuse from Blackburn has been returned to prison after being caught with yet more indecent pictures.

Trevor Howard was caught with more than 150 obscene pictures of under-age children, at the highest level of seriousness.

The 60-year-old, a registered sex offender, was already in trouble with police after he was found to have internet-enabled devices.

Howard, who once held down a respectable management position in the town, was barred from having such equipment under the terms of a sexual offences prevention order.

He pleaded guilty to three offences of possessing indecent images and one charge of possession of a prohibited image of a child.

Police also discovered 71 category B images, the next most serious level of indecent imagery, and 962 category C pictures.

Howard had also admitted to three breaches of his sexual offences prevention order at a previous hearing before Blackburn magistrates court and was jailed for 18 months.

The defendant was first before the courts in 2004, after he confessed to becoming “addicted” to child pornography, an admission which saw him jailed for 12 months at Preston Crown Court.

Howard, who then lived on Whalley Old Road, had no previous convictions at the time and was said to be well-respected within his community.

Prosecutors said he became involved with downloading indecent images after he began to feel “isolated”. But it eventually “became like a drug” to him and he was ashamed at what he had done.

Howard said he did it out curiosity but had quickly become addicted and shared photos with other people.

His lawyers told a judge that he had begun by looking at adult material but had gone on to look at pictures of young girls.

Sex offender had hundreds of indecent images of children

A MAN has appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with child sexual abuse images offences.

Trevor Howard, 60, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited image of a child, 156 category A images – the most serious example of child abuse imagery – 71 category B images and 962 category C images.

The court heard he was in custody awaiting sentence for three breaches of a sexual harm prevention order by possessing internet enabled devices.

When he was arrested on those charges the devices were sent for analysis and that had lead to the latest charges coming to light .

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said: “The crown court judge who is dealing with the breaches of the sexual harm prevention order is aware of these offences and wants to tie them all in for sentencing on November 2.”

That sentencing is due to take place at Preston Crown Court

November 2004

‘Vile’ child sex abuse images man is jailed

A MANAGER who became “addicted” to child sexual abuse images and downloaded over 800 images has been jailed for one year.

Among his sick collection, Trevor Howard, 46, of Whalley Old Road, Blackburn, had 47 images from the internet which were classified in the most serious and vile category.

Howard, an only child who lived with his mother, had taken an overdose as he struggled to come to terms with the shame of his actions, Preston Crown Court was told yesterday.

Prosecution and defence barristers described him as a person of previous good character who was well-respected in the community for his “exemplary” work record.

He was jailed after admitting six charges relating to downloading or possessing child pornography at an earlier hearing.

Howard was arrested on May 18 this year after police raided his home.

Judge Peter Openshaw QC gave him credit for his guilty plea, previous good character and work record, but said: “Some of the images are in the highest category and some of the young children are quite clearly in distress.

“These were photographs of real children in acts of gross abuse and by viewing these images the defendant was seeking gratification from the fact of that abuse.”

John O’Shea, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was interviewed at great length by police and he explained in some detail the state of affairs.

“He said that at the time he was engaging in these offences, he was feeling isolated.

“He looked at adult material first and came across a site. Having gone on this site he began to view young girls.

“He described that it became like a drug to him and he was not able to stop and he was now ashamed at what he had done.

“He said he did it out of curiosity but quickly became addicted and shared photos with other people.”

Richard Howarth, defending, added: “He has an exemplary work record which is demonstrated in references submitted to the court.

“He lives with his mother and she has become increasingly dependant on him since his father died.

“She was devastated at these matters and has no comprehension why he should go down that road.

“He is sensitive to what others say about him and is ashamed. “

The court heard he had recognised his problem and had started to receive treatment.