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Michael McAuliffe/Ashley Peters – Haworth

April 2018

Convicted paedophile is back behind bars

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A convicted paedophile is back behind bars after flouting sex-offender regulations and being found with indecent child images on his phone.

When police entered Michael McAuliffe’s home in November last year they found four indecent images of boys aged ten to 11-years-old.

In addition, the mobile phone itself and a Wifi device found in a shoebox were against a sexual offences prevention order he was subject to.

Bradford Crown Court heard that McAuliffe, 54, of Clarendon Street, Haworth, had also failed to register a bank account and the name of an alias he used, in line with rules around registering as a sex offender.

McAuliffe admitted the four charges and was sentenced to a total of nine months in prison.

Prosecutor Louise Pryke told the court that McAuliffe had been “non compliant, abusive and obstructive” to police.

Officers visited McAuliffe’s home after a tip off from the Metropolitan Police that the defendant had not registered a bank account, she said.

The officer found a mobile phone under a duvet and a mini wifi device, as well as paperwork and cards in the name of Ashley Thomas.

The images on the phone were found to be of category three – the lowest level of seriousness.

She added that McAuliffe had been convicted of 21 offences of possessing illegal images of children in 2006, as well as eight similar offences the following year.

He was then jailed for three years and eight months in 2014 for 21 offences of distributing and possessing indecent images of children.

Derek Duffy, defending, said McAuliffe had suffered abuse as a boy and had an ongoing dispute with police over these allegations and a lack of any prosecution.

He added that the charges of not registering an alias and a bank account, were a technicality as the account was opened with the help of probation when he left prison and the alias had been one he had used for 40 years.

“It’s difficult to see how he can be accused of hiding this, when he voluntarily disclosed the account to the police in London,” Mr Duffy told the court.

He added that the images found were “old” ones and that McAuliffe was in fact in dispute with internet service providers about the inclusion of material on sites.

“He has suffered gravely over the years and he believes can get no recompense for it,” he added.

Judge David Hatton QC said there was no “sinister concealment” over the lack of registering. He added that there was no evidence the images were recent and he was not satisfied the internet device was solely for the purpose of committing offences.

October 2014

Bradford paedophile who told court he, ‘has information on Westminster child abuse’ is jailed

An off-duty police officer snared a convicted paedophile who had flouted sex offender regulations by fleeing West Yorkshire for London, a court heard.

And when officers examined Michael McAuliffe’s mobile phones, they found thousands of indecent images of children as young as 18 months old.

McAuliffe also distributed child abuse images to other paedophiles, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

Hundreds of the images were movies and some showed children who had suffered cigarette burns and bruising through physical abuse, the court was told.

Jailing 50-year-old McAuliffe for three years and eight months, Judge Jonathan Rose said the images found on the defendant’s phone portrayed a man with a perverted paedophilic sexuality, who had a depraved sexual interest in boys aged seven to 12.

McAuliffe had more than 5,000 images and 600 movies on his phone, including 24 at the highest level of seriousness.

He had also distributed more than 2,300 images and movies and was part of the “wicked circle of evil individuals” involved in child abuse images

His original sentencing was adjourned because he claimed to have information on child abuse allegedly being covered up in Westminster in the 1970s.

According to his barrister – James Bourne-Arton QC – Michael McAuliffe had said he was also able to provide information about further child abuse and paedophile rings.

However the information was disregarded.

“He also said there was other evidence of child abuse and paedophile rings he was able to give information of,” he added.

Judge Rose added: “It’s quite horrifying that any human being would think it appropriate to create an image of small children as young as 18 months being sexually defiled, and yet you did.”

Prosecutor Paul Nicholson said McAuliffe had been given a six-month prison sentence in 2006 for 20 offences of possessing indecent photos of children and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years. He was given a suspended jail sentence the following year for making indecent photos of children.

In November officers went to McAuliffe’s registered home in Clarendon Street, Haworth, and seized two mobile phones from an attic bedroom. The following day he moved out and sent a Christmas card to his uncle, indicating he had moved to Denmark.

In March this year, one of the officers that had visited McAuliffe’s home, detective Sergeant Linda Christie, was enjoying a break in London when she saw the defendant handing out business leaflets in Leicester Square, and arrangements were made for him to be arrested.

McAuliffe pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching his notification provisions, 17 of making indecent photographs of children, and four of distributing them.

His barrister, James Bourne-Arton, said his client had suffered traumatic abuse as a child which had affected his life.

Judge Rose subjected McAuliffe to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order without limit of time, and ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.

After the case, Detective Inspector Vanessa Smith, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “McAuliffe refused to comply with the terms of his registration as a sex offender.

“He was also unco-operative with police to the extent that we sought and successfully applied new legislation to allow us to gain entry to his premises.

“This allowed us to seize a mobile device, containing the images of child abuse for which he has been sentenced today.

“We are pleased that the courts have recognised the seriousness of his offences and his reluctance to co-operate with our officers.

“West Yorkshire Police is committed to making sure that registered sex offenders are managed robustly, and will seek to use whatever legislation is necessary to bring them to justice when they fail to comply with their conditions.”

July 2014

Bradford paedophile ‘has information on Westminster child abuse’

A CONVICTED paedophile in West Yorkshire had his sentencing adjourned because he claims to have information on child abuse allegedly being covered up in Westminster in the 1970s.

According to his barrister, Michael McAuliffe says he is also able to provide information about further child abuse and paedophile rings.

James Bourne-Arton QC, defending McAuliffe, asked the court whether his client’s case could be adjourned for police investigations into his claims to be made.

Mr Bourne-Arton told Bradford Crown Court today that his client “has information to the abuse covered up in the 1970s in Westminster”.

“He also said there was other evidence of child abuse and paedophile rings he was able to give information of,” he added.

McAuliffe was in court to be sentenced for a string of child porn image charges after an off-duty policewoman spotted him in London – where he had tried to escape justice by changing his name.

The 50-year-old, who changed his name to Ashley Peters, was registered with West Yorkshire Police and legally bound to notify the force of any change in address following child abuse images convictions.

Det. Sgt Linda Christie spotted McAuliffe handing out leaflets in the West End during an evening stroll – which led to his home being searched and the discovery of thousands of indecent images and videos of children, some at the highest level of seriousness.

Last month McAuliffe, of Haworth, near Bradford, pleaded guilty by video link to 23 offences, including failing to comply with the sex offenders’ register by changing his name and address last November.

Also included were 17 further charges of making thousands of indecent photos and movies of children, and four of distributing indecent photos of children.

Today Michael Smith, prosecuting, told the court their position “is one of deep scepticism” regarding McAuliffe’s recent claims.

He said McAuliffe had earlier given evidence that he was looking at the indecent images to detect crime.

Mr Smith added that the paedophile has always been “deeply hostile towards the police” and has said “the only good copper is a dead copper”.

Mr Smith added that the police say it is highly unlikely they would make a deal with the defendant, but they would be willing to speak with him, either before or after his sentencing.

Judge Peter Benson spoke briefly to the defendant to inform him of the new date for his sentencing and told him he would remain in custody.

McAuliffe then said “Can I just say the names I’ve got…” before Judge Benson cut him off and sent him down to the cells.

June 2014

Paedophile spotted in London by off-duty Bradford police officer is back in prison

A CONVICTED paedophile’s plot to evade the law by hiding in London under a new name was foiled by an eagle-eyed Bradford police officer enjoying a break in the capital.

Detective Sergeant Linda Christie spotted Michael McAuliffe purely by chance as she strolled in Leicester Square.

McAuliffe, 50, of Norfolk Square, Haworth, is a closely monitored sex offender after he was convicted of possession of child pornography.

He is registered with West Yorkshire Police and legally bound to notify them of any change of address.

Now he is behind bars for multiple new child porn offences after his plan to change his name to Ashley Peters and go under the radar in London was thwarted.

Det Sgt Christie was walking off her evening meal in Leicester Square when she saw a man handing out leaflets for a business.

When she took a second glance, she recognised the man as McAuliffe, who she knew had previously lived in London.

After his re-arrest, McAuliffe’s home was searched and the police unearthed a stash of thousands of revolting photos and movies of children, some at Level 5, the most serious.

Yesterday, McAuliffe pleaded guilty to 23 offences.

They included failing to comply with the requirements of the sex offenders’ register by changing his name and address without permission in November last year.

He also pleaded guilty to 17 charges of making thousands of indecent photos and movies of children and four offences of distributing indecent photos of children.

McAuliffe appeared by video link from Leeds Prison and immediately told the court clerk he was pleading guilty to all the charges.

The case was adjourned until July 21 for the preparation of a probation report.

Judge Jonathan Rose said the question of how much danger McAuliffe poses to the public must be addressed.

He remanded McAuliffe in custody and said the only issue was the length of the prison sentence he must serve.

Judge Rose said that as the porn stash included images at the most serious level, a police officer must bring a laptop computer to the sentencing hearing so the judge hearing the case can view them.

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