Serial paedophile ‘Gerry the Bookman’ sentenced to three years over indecent photos of children and ‘act with animal’
A serial paedophile and former Crouch End bookseller has been jailed for three years after a trial at Wood Green Crown Court.
Gerald Ingram, 70, of Priory Gardens in Highgate, was found guilty of five offences after a two-day trial in December.
A jury found him guilty of making indecent “photos or pseudo-photos” of a child, and of possession of an extreme pornographic image, which showed an “act of indecency or sex with a deal or alive animal”.
Sentencing Ingram on December 19, Judge Ader told the former Crouch End book stall owner to pay a £170 surcharge, to forfeit his computer and to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
Ingram was previously jailed for four years in 2012 for admitting multiple sex offences against children.
He was well-known to the community in Crouch End. He ran a book stall in the Broadway for some years and fought a public campaign to keep running it, despite council officers trying to shut it.
Community anger after Highgate paedophile’s release from prison
The release of a convicted paedophile from jail has left a community divided as neighbours complain they have been left in the dark about his return.
Gerald Ingram, of Priory Gardens, Highgate, was jailed for three years and eight months in 2012 for arranging to sexually abuse children and for making and distributing indecent images of children.
Haringey police promised to set up a meeting with residents before his release from prison to discuss concerns about the former bookseller’s return to a street where about 30 young children live.
But Mr Ingram came home on Friday after serving half his sentence and neighbours are furious that police did not tell them he was about to be released.
Mum-of-one Carrie Kirkpatrick, who has lived in Priory Gardens for 11 years, said: “We were supposed to be warned. We have been going on about this but we have never once had a meeting. I can’t even fathom the ramifications.
“They can’t let him come back here. We will never be able to let our children out on the street ever again. Who’s going to protect them? I’m absolutely speechless.”
Anti-child abuse campaigner said that anybody with concerns should contact her and she can put them in touch with MPs and councillors.
But other residents urged calm. a teacher who has lived in Priory Gardens for 25 years, said: “He is totally harmless. It’s just the new people with young families who are jumping on the bandwagon. I think you will find that most people who have been here for quite a number of years feel the same way.”
Crouch End councillor Lyn Weber said she was “pretty annoyed” the police had not kept their promise to meet with residents.
She said: “They have the responsibility for community reassurance. The police have failed to engage with the community.”
Police are not obliged to tell residents if a sex offender is living in their community unless they ask for information about someone in contact with a child under Sarah’s Law, the new legislation enacted in 2011.
Paedophile jailed for more than three years
A 63-year-old man has been jailed for more than three years following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Paedophile Unit.
Gerald Ingram, of Priory Gardens, Highgate, was sentenced to three years and eight months in court today.
He was given 12 months for four counts of making indecent images and two years and eight months for attempting to arrange or facilitate a child sex offence.
He was also sentenced 12 months for three counts of distribution of indecent images of children to run consecutively.
Ingram was arrested on Tuesday May 22 and today pleaded guilty to the offences.
DCI Noel McHugh, Paedophile Unit said: “The prosecution of Ingram demonstrates the commitment of the Paedophile Unit to target the most dangerous sex offenders and protect the most vulnerable.
“I am in no doubt that police intervention prevented Ingram accessing and sexually assaulting a child on the day of his arrest.
“I believe that he may have committed other offences and I would therefore urge anyone who believes they may have been a victim to have the confidence to report the incident to police. We are here to support and protect you.”