April 2015

Eston sex offender ‘groomed’ a boy in text messages after online chats

A sex offender “groomed” a schoolboy in texts after finding him in an online gaming community.

Jonathon Maddison had convictions for sexual activity with a child and having indecent pictures of children when he sent a “gamertag” request to a 13-year-old boy.

He and the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, used Xbox Live to talk about football and games.

They exchanged telephone numbers and they started exchanging messages, Teesside Crown Court heard today.

Maddison, 22, arranged for the boy to download a messaging app, sent him a picture of himself then tried to engage him in sexualised conversation, knowing his age.

The boy said “stop talking now” and “no thanks” before Maddison’s activity was reported to the police.

He told officers he was “intrigued” as he communicated with the boy in August last year but knew his behaviour was unacceptable.

He said he did it because he was concerned about his sexuality and felt he was not judged by children as he was by adults.

Maddison, of Birkdale Drive, Eston, admitted breaching a five-year sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) which banned him from contact with children.

He was sent to a young offenders’ institution for two years in 2013 for sexual activity with an underage girl and making and possessing indecent images of children.

Scott Taylor, defending, said: “He’s ashamed of what he’s done, on this occasion and on previous occasions.

“He’s a young man who had great difficulties coming to terms with his own sexuality.

“The low self esteem since he went to secondary school is what sent him to his bedroom and kept him away from others.”

He said Maddison was honest about what he did, confessing that he was sexually excited by the conversation with the boy.

He added that Maddison was given help with his “inner demons” including depression, though his criminal history had stopped him getting work.

He argued a suspended sentence with a sex offender treatment programme would be more beneficial to the community in the long term than prison.

The judge, Recorder Tim Gittins, told Maddison: “This is your third appearance since 2012 for offences in relation to sexual targeting of young children.

“You went on to the Xbox Live computer system knowing full well that that was likely to bring you into contact with younger people, and so it proved to be.

“There followed text messages in a long conversation where it’s clear that you were grooming him effectively, despite his clear desire not to join in that conversation with you.

“You persisted for some length of time.

“Given your record I have no doubt that was precursor for what was going to happen.

“And even worse, this was whilst you were subject to a serious court order not to contact such people at all.

“Fortunately [the boy] had the good sense despite his age to alert his parents to what had gone on.

“It doesn’t matter what your sexuality is.”

He said Maddison remained “a significant risk to young children”, according to his pre-sentence report.

He jailed Maddison for eight months, warning him the sentences would get “longer and longer” if he did not comply with his SOPO.

The defendant cried in the dock and blew a kiss to his mother as he was led away.

January 2013

Child abuse images Twitter pervert jailed for sex acts with 14-year-old

TWITTER pervert Jonathon Maddison is finally behind bars after striking up a sexual relationship with a teen – just weeks after being spared jail for possessing abuse images.

The 20-year-old was given a community order last July after he was caught with 161 photographs and eight films of children being abused, on his computer.

Maddison, of Barmston Way, Washington, was made the subject of a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention order to limit his computer use and restrict his contact with children.

But just weeks after appearing in court, Maddison started meeting up with a 13-year-old girl he met over the Twitter networking site.

Maddison admitted having sexual activity with the youngster on two separate occasions in September and October last year, after she had turned 14.

The court heard it is accepted the girl consented to what went on.

Prosecutor Oliver Thorne told the court Maddison had been in contact with the youngster before he was sentenced for having the sickening images.

Mr Thorne said: “He began communicating with her via Twitter.

“She described their chat as being general chit chat and making fun of one another.

“In July last year she was told he had deactivated his account.”

The court heard after Maddison deleted his account from Twitter, because he became the subject of abuse due to the child porn charges, the girl made contact with him online and they started meeting up.

Maddison was arrested when the girl’s parents found out she was not at the friend’s house she claimed to be and tracked her down to his house.

Judge Penny Moreland sentenced Maddison to two years behind bars, said he must register as a sex offender for 10 years and be barred from working with children indefinitely.

The judge, who gave Maddison the community order last July, told him: “You were subject to my court order at the time and you knew, I have no doubt, that what you were doing was wrong.

“This is seriously aggravated by the fact it was in breach of a court order, very shortly after the order had been imposed.”

Amanda Rippon, defending, said Maddison has been “assaulted and bullied” while being held on remand and his family has been tormented because of what he has done.

Miss Rippon said Maddison was isolated and immature and that the girl knew of his convictions but agreed to see him.

Miss Rippon said: “She was aware of the matters last July, everyone was aware, gossip was rife.”

August 2012

Teenager caught with pictures of child sex abuse

A COMPUTER user who downloaded sickening images of children being abused has been allowed to keep his freedom.

Investigators found 161 still photographs and eight movies of youngsters being sexually abused, on a PC hard-drive in Jonathon Maddison’s bedroom after police raided his home in August last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 19-year-old had even accessed 29 further images using his father’s touch-screen computer.

His internet search history included phrases such as “child porn nude.”

Maddison, of Barmston Way, Barmston, Washington, who has never been in trouble before, pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs of children and possessing indecent photographs between April and August last year.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You need to be very clear that these are photographs of real children, it is not just looking at pictures, these photos are of children being abused and that abuse is photographed.

“If you have not begun to understand that then you need to reflect on that very carefully because these are offences that cause real harm to real children.

“People like you looking at pictures of that abuse facilitate it and you need to understand that.”

Judge Moreland said Maddison would not be sent to prison, despite the seriousness of his offending, as probation officials believe he can be worked with in the community.

The judge sentenced him to a community order for three years with group work programme requirements and supervision.

Maddison must sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and abide by a five year sexual offences prevention order.

Vince Ward, defending, said Maddison was “emotionally vulnerable” when he committed the offences, which all started when he began using internet chatrooms.