June 2016

Jail for Hartlepool sex offender who breached court order


A persistent sex offender has been jailed for more than three years for breaching court orders aimed at preventing him causing more harm to children.

Robin Jackson tried to view pornography in Hartlepool library, went to a beach known as a pick-up point for homosexual sex, and bought a mobile phone to look at pornography.

All of which he was banned from doing, Teesside Crown Court heard.

“The defendant is the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order,” said Rachel Masters, prosecuting.

“He approached staff at Hartlepool library, declared his status, and was allowed to join. Another library user later reported concerns over the use of one of the library’s computer terminals.

“An investigation found Jackson had been trying to view pornography on the computer, which was checked out to him at the time.”

The court was told police called at Jackson’s address in Hartlepool, but he was not in.

“He was found a short time later on the beach at Seaton Carew,” added Ms Masters. “It is a well-known cruising spot.

“When police found him, Jackson was in shorts with no other clothing on his torso.

“He conceded to the officer he has a sexual interest in boys over 13, and would have taken part in a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy had the opportunity presented itself.

“Jackson also admitted he had bought a mobile phone for £24 from Argos to access pornography.

“He is banned from all those actions by the Sexual Offences Prevention Order.”

The court heard Jackson has 18 previous convictions for sexual offences dating back to 1975.

Jackson, 62, of Uppingham Street, Hartlepool, admitted three breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Rachel Dyson, defending, said in mitigation: “He is a lonely and isolated man, frustrated by his lack of prospects in life.

“He sees his inappropriate sexual thoughts as an addiction, and wants to be free of them.

“Mr Jackson hates being a sex offender.”

Judge Stephen Ashurst jailed Jackson for three years and four months.

The judge told him: “Your sexual offending spans 30 years.

“From the 1970s you persistently exposed yourself in public, from the 1990s to the 2000s you indecently assaulted boys, and you’ve been downloading indecent images from the internet for 20 years.

“During that time, you have proved yourself resistant to court orders, and resistant to the wide range of help made available to you.

“You are a lonely man, but also an obsessive and dangerous man, you are a sexual predator.

“It is my conclusion that your case cannot be safely managed in the community, so there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.”

May 2014

Prolific sex offender jailed


A prolific sex offender who groped a man in a busy Teesside shopping centre has been jailed for two years.

Robin Jackson devastated a man’s life when he walked past him and grabbed his private parts, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Jackson, 59, had a sexual interest in young boys and a history of sexual offending stretching back decades.

This time he sexually assaulted a 40-year-old man at the entrance of WHSmith in Middlesbrough’s Cleveland Centre.

The innocent victim, who was waiting for his wife and daughter to leave the shop while Christmas shopping, was “absolutely aghast”, said prosecutor Harry Hadfield.

The dad said “he’s touched me up”, angrily challenged Jackson and held him until the police arrived.

An off-duty officer heard raised voices and found the victim distressed and irate.

The victim of the sex attack told in a statement how it had far-reaching effects on his life including his work, social life and relationships.

He said he was now a different person with a changed personality, the court was told today.

He lost confidence and his self-esteem was “at rock bottom”, he didn’t trust people and didn’t like places with large groups.

He hasn’t been back into Middlesbrough since the assault more than 18 months ago on the morning of October 31, 2012.

Jackson, of Chapelbeck Bungalows, Guisborough, denied the sexual assault, chose not to give evidence in front of a jury and was convicted after a trial.

Police searched his home and found a tablet computer under his duvet which showed he’d been accessing pornography websites, some referring to boys and teens.

This breached an indefinite sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), to which he pleaded guilty.

He also admitted two charges of making indecent photographs of children.

He had 18 still and 6 video images of under-18 boys, most at the least serious level, on DVDs found under the duvet.

He told police he got pictures from a website which said its “models” were over 18.

Jackson had 59 previous offences – 17 of them sexual offences.

He had convictions for exposing himself in 1975, 1981, 1983, 1989, 1995 and 2009, making or possessing indecent images of children in 1997, 2000 and 2006, gross indecency with a child in 1992, a two-year prison sentence for indecently assaulting an underage boy in 1998, outraging public decency and four other breaches of the SOPO.

Sarah Mallett, defending, said Jackson still maintained his innocence when it came to the sexual assault.

Yet she said he was “chastened” by the victim’s personal statement, which made it clear his crimes had real human victims.

“He firmly maintains he has begun to recognise the impact of his actions on other people,” she said.

“He is an intelligent, articulate and quite sensitive man who has a fairly lonely and difficult life.”

She said the sex assault was “incredibly brief”, impulsive and lasted “no more than a split second”.

She added he had failed to understand that his activities on the internet hurt others.

His latest string of offences were “a significant reduction in the number and seriousness” of his offending, said the barrister.

Jackson has already undergone sex offender treatment and a probation officer said he lacked motivation.

Miss Mallett said Jackson was “not a hopeless case”.

She said he was making real progress, described as a “breakthrough”, and voluntarily took 46 counselling sessions.

She also said the SOPO was “a substantial restriction on his day-to-day movements”.

Judge Peter Armstrong said Jackson had a predilection for under-age boys so the sexual assault on an older man was “somewhat out of character”.

He said it was a deliberate attack with an element of humiliation, in public and in broad daylight, which outraged, shocked and affronted its victim.

“You haven’t shown any remorse whatsoever for that offence,” he told the defendant.

He jailed Jackson for two years