December 2018

Serial sex offender locked up after treatment programme did ‘absolutely no good’

A serial sex offender who carried on downloading indecent images of children after a treatment programme did “absolutely no good” has been jailed.

It was the first time that a judge who closely follows the success rate of the highly-regarded sex offenders’ treatment programme had encountered a failure of the course.

David Campbell, 30, of Wilsons Close, Scunthorpe, admitted possessing an indecent image of a child and possessing 712 prohibited cartoon images of children.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police went to Campbell’s home on March 2 and searched his computer equipment.

There were 712 cartoon sexualised images of children and he had been using internet chatrooms, although there was no evidence of him sharing the images. There was also an image of an eight-year-old girl.

He had been given a two-year suspended prison sentence in August 2015 and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order for possessing or making indecent photographs of children or extreme pornography.

On that occasion, he had 55,023 images or movies, including 5,754 at the most serious level, and there were also 26 prohibited images of children, including cartoons, and three of extreme pornography, featuring adults and animals.

Another stash had a total of 13,095 images or movies of child pornography.

Judge Graham Robinson told Campbell: “Because there is a market for these photographs created by people like you, that encourages the producers of these photographs of children to go out and take photographs of other children.

“It causes further misery for other children.”

A previous sex offender treatment programme on Campbell had “done absolutely no good” because he had soon reverted to similar offending.

“This is the first occasion that I have come across where somebody who has attended that course has reoffended,” said Judge Robinson.

“It was about two months later that you began your downloading.”

Ian Haywood, mitigating, told the court: “The course doesn’t seem to have had a lot of effect. Within two months, the first of the images was downloaded.”

There was no suggestion of any attempts to meet any children.

Campbell was jailed for six months and the 10-year sexual harm prevention order was renewed. He will have to register as a sex offender for seven years.

August 2015

68,000 child abuse images found on pervert’s computer

POLICE found more than 68,000 images of child pornography after searching a man’s computer equipment, a court heard.

David Campbell, 27, of Mulgrave Street, Scunthorpe, admitted possessing and making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police searched Campbell’s home on November 20 and seized his computer equipment.

They found 55,023 indecent images or movies, including 5,754 at the most serious level.

There were also 26 prohibited images of children, such as cartoons, and three images of extreme pornography featuring adults and animals.

Another stash had a total of 13,095 images or movies of child pornography.

Richard Lunn, mitigating, said Campbell had no previous convictions, had shown remorse and wanted help.

He was exceptionally motivated to tackle his problems and did not try to hide what he had done.

He made admissions to the police when they visited and told them what they were likely to find.

Campbell was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, 200 hours’ unpaid work and a two-year supervision order, including a sex offender treatment programme.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years, was given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and must pay a £100 statutory charge.