October 2018

Pervert who spied on children in changing rooms has now been caught with sick photos

Thomas Heard outside Truro Crown Court.

A pervert who was caught spying on children while pleasuring himself at a holiday park has dodged jail AGAIN after being found with sick child abuse images.

In 2014, then 22-year-old Thomas Michael Heard, was given a community order at Truro Crown Court after the judge heard how he watched children getting changed in a swimming pool cubicle in Newquay.

Heard looked over and under the cubicle door at Hendra Holiday Park, leaving the three children terrified.

Now, Heard, of Tregatillian in St Columb Major, has landed himself back in the dock, admitting three counts of being in possession of indecent images of children.

On July 4, 2017, devices belonging to Heard, now 26, were found to contain 15 moving images and 11 still images of category A, seven category B videos and 10 stills and 49 category C stills.

Last week he appeared at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court to be sentenced after admitting the charges at an earlier hearing.

Despite his previous convictions, Heard was again spared a custodial sentenced and handed a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years.

In addition to this he must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement, with magistrates noting the age and vulnerability victims of the children and the risk of harm Heard poses to others.

He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Heard’s 2014 case as reported in the Cornish Guardian

An unemployed 22-year-old, who went to a Newquay holiday park and committed the “disgusting” offence of spying on children getting changed in the swimming pool cubicle while performing a sex act on himself, has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Thomas Heard went to Hendra Holiday Park at about 10.30am on August 12 and hung around the changing and toilet area until he saw three children go into a cubicle to get changed, Truro Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

Ian Graham, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the 22-year-old put himself in a cubicle next to the ones where the three children – two boys and a girl, aged 9, 11 and 12 – were changing.

[He] starts looking over the top of the cubicle and underneath,” said Mr Graham. “This frightens the girl.”

Mr Graham said the girl was frightened into silence and she jumped up onto a bench “terrified”.

He said: “He also looks over to where the boys are and the boys look back and see him start to masturbate himself.”

The children then called for a relative who became involved in an altercation with Heard and struck him about the head.

At an earlier hearing, Heard, of Edgcumbe Avenue, pleaded guilty to voyeurism – observing a person doing a private act, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.

The court heard he had been cautioned for a similar offence in 2010.

Sentencing Heard to a two-year community order, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “I need hardly tell you that this type of voyeuristic offence is disgusting.

“It is no wonder that when what you did became apparent to the parents of the children at the holiday camp in Newquay, you were assaulted by one of those parents … in one sense that is something you could expect to receive because people find it fundamentally disgusting to do what you did.”

Heard was ordered to carry out 140 hours unpaid work, be under the supervision of the probation service for 12 months and sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Judge Harvey Clark added: “If you go on behaving like this and being tempted to do these things you are going to end up in very serious trouble.”

Heard was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

November 2014

Newquay man Thomas Heard avoids jail after admitting spying on three children getting changed

AN UNEMPLOYED 22-year-old, who went to a Newquay holiday park and committed the “disgusting” offence of spying on children getting changed in the swimming pool cubicle while performing a sex act on himself, has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Thomas Heard went to Hendra Holiday Park at about 10.30am on August 12 and hung around the changing and toilet area until he saw three children go into a cubicle to get changed, Truro Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

Ian Graham, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the 22-year-old put himself in a cubicle next to the ones where the three children – two boys and a girl, aged 9, 11 and 12 – were changing.

“[He] starts looking over the top of the cubicle and underneath,” said Mr Graham.

“This frightens the girl.”

Mr Graham said the girl was frightened into silence and she jumped up onto a bench “terrified”.

He said: “He also looks over to where the boys are and the boys look back and see him start to masturbate himself.”

The children then called for a relative who became involved in an altercation with Heard and struck him about the head.

At an earlier hearing, Heard, of Edgcumbe Avenue, pleaded guilty to voyeurism – observing a person doing a private act, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.

The court heard he had been cautioned for a similar offence in 2010.

Mike Gregson, for the defence, said Heard was in receipt of employment support allowance.

Sentencing Heard to a two-year community order, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “I need hardly tell you that this type of voyeuristic offence is disgusting.

“It is no wonder that when what you did became apparent to the parents of the children at the holiday camp in Newquay, you were assaulted by one of those parents … in one sense that is something you could expect to receive because people find it fundamentally disgusting to do what you did.”

Heard was ordered to carry out 140 hours unpaid work, be under the supervision of the probation service for 12 months and sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Judge Harvey Clark added: “If you go on behaving like this and being tempted to do these things you are going to end up in very serious trouble.”

Heard was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.