June 2017

Harwich man jailed for possession of child abuse images – for a second time

An Essex man who was found in possession indecent images of children seven years after he was jailed for similar offences has been sent back to prison

David Langfield, 29, of Ashley Road, Harwich was jailed for 16 weeks in 2009 after admitting two offences of making indecent images of children, Ipswich Crown Court heard

In August last year police officers seized computer equipment from his home and found an extreme pornographic image as well as one indecent movie of a child in the most serious level A category, said Joe Bird, prosecuting.

There was also one still image and three movies at level B and two images at level C.

Langfield admitted three offences of making indecent images of children, possessing an extreme pornographic image and breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

He was jailed for 12 months and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

September 2009

Child abuse images pervert jailed

A CHILD abuse images pervert from Ipswich is today behind bars after he admitted possessing hundreds of indecent images.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how David Langfield, 21, of Byron Road, pleaded guilty to possessing images and movies of young children, which were found on a computer at his mother’s home.

Prosecuting Naomi Turner told the court how in November last year Langfield’s mother phoned police following the discovery of indecent material on her laptop.

Langfield had left the house after an argument with his mother.

Police arrived and seized several items, including two computers.

They discovered eight indecent images of children aged between three and nine years old and also 306 movies with indecent images of children aged between seven and ten years old, some of which were at a very serious level.

It was heard that Langfield made full admissions to police and told them he was having “intrusive thoughts in relation to young girls”.

The defendant, who had no previous convictions, used to work in a chicken factory but has since lost his job.

Mitigating Roger Thomson said: “He does express his disgust and shame about downloading these images. There were 314 images in total so that is not a huge amount.

“He does have a number of mental health problems. He has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is being treated by a mental health team.

“He recognises he has been having intrusive thoughts about young girls and has been receiving treatment for this. He was put on anti-depressants in May and it is the first time treatment has blocked these intrusive thoughts.”

Judge David Goodin said to him: “Your offending is of such a nature that in my judgement can only be dealt with by an immediate custodial sentence.

“You are not, at this stage, likely to be susceptible to one of the rehabilitative approaches. There are very young children in these images.”

Due to his guilty plea, his sentence was reduced and he was given 16 weeks in prison. Judge Goodin told him that he will serve half of that. He was also given a sexual prevention order to stop him working with children and his name will be on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.