June 2016

Jailed: Man, 70, became obsessed with child abuse images

A 70-year-old Stonehouse man with an obsession for child pornography has been sent to prison.

John Coxon, of Park Road, Stonehouse was found to be in possession of 474 images of child abuse images on his computer, four of the images Category A, the worst kind, Gloucester Crown Court heard yesterday.

Coxon had previously been convicted of possessing indecent images of children in 2009 when a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed.

But the following year he breached the terms of the order and was found to have six further images of children

The court heard that in January of this year police raided Coxon’s address and found more indecent images on his computer.

He made full admissions to the police and was arrested.

Defending lawyer Dermot Clarke said: “The vast majority of the indecent images found were of Category C, the least serious.

“My client spends much of his time as the sole carer for his wife who suffers from chronic arthritis.

“Boredom of being on his own led to him offending but there is no evidence to suggest that he has ever considered taking further steps from just viewing this sort of material.”

The Recorder of Gloucester His Honour Judge Jamie Tabor QC said: “Pictures of an adult horribly abusing a child are only taken because there is a market for them for people like you.

“You have a problem, a sexual interest in children and you have yet again downloaded these images of children, naked children, being horribly abused.

“This is not the first time you have committed this offence and an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable.”

Coxon was jailed for 12 months, ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years and he was again placed on the Sexual Harm Prevention Order, also for five years.

May 2009

Man, 63, jailed for downloading more than 700 indecent images of children

A 63-YEAR-OLD man who downloaded more than 700 indecent images of children who was jailed for six months at Stroud Magistrates’ Court.

John Coxon, of Stonehouse, who was caught during a police investigation, also admitted reading and writing stories about child abuse. Louise Pinder, prosecuting at court on Wednesday, said officers became aware of Coxon after finding that someone at his address had downloaded images of naked children from a former astronomy website.

He was arrested following a search of his home in Park Road at 6.50am on July 15.

Miss Pinder said his computer contained a total of 715 images in a folder marked ‘TYG’, which he later admitted stood for ‘The Young’.

The images were ranked on a severity scale, ranging from the lowest level of one to the highest level of five.

Coxon had 668 at level one, 22 at level two, 14 at level three and 11 at level four.

During a police interview, he explained he had been downloading indecent images of children for three years.

“Mr Coxon stated that he had downloaded some child abuse stories from the internet and had written his own,” said Miss Pinder.

“He did also state that he never took images of his own or distributed them.”

Coxon, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty on April 24 to 11 charges of making indecent photographs of children.

Defending himself, he told magistrates: “While I have looked at images of children, it has never been my desire to molest children.

“Anybody who does know me very well will know that I have never been interested in young children in regard to committing sexual offences against them.

“It has been an eye-opener. I certainly intend to go straight in the future.”

As well as the prison sentence, Coxon was placed under a sexual offences prevention order, which limits his contact with children.

Magistrates also made an order for the destruction of the computer media.