September 2016

Child sex images pervert caught for second time escapes jail again

JUST three months after being given a community order for downloading child sexual abuse images, a Leamington man’s offender manager found more similar images on his phone.

But after hearing Russell Wilkin was about to start a sex offender treatment programme as part of that sentence, a judge at Warwick Crown Court decided to give him another chance.

The 34 year-old, of High Street, pleaded guilty to one charge of making indecent images of children.

He was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years – with the community order imposed in February to continue.

Prosecutor Stuart Clarkson said in May the police officer who was Wilkin’s offender manager visited his home and asked to see his phone.

When she checked it she found that Wilkin had been using a particular search engine to search for indecent images of pre-teen girls – in naked or indecent poses, but without actual sexual activity.

Wilkin was arrested, and when he was interviewed he admitted he liked looking at images of young girls on his phone.

Mr Clarkson added at the time Wilkin was subject to a three-year community sentence imposed at the court in February, after he had admitted four charges of making indecent images of children.

As part of that sentence he had been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, to register as a sex offender for five years and to take part in a sex offender’s treatment programme.

Walter Bealby, defending, pointed out Wilkin was in fact due to begin that programme ‘next week.’

Sentencing Wilkin, Judge Stephen Eyre QC told him: “You are fortunate, because the assessment of the probation officer is that you are genuinely trying to address your offending.

“I am going to give you another chance, but this is the last chance you get for this type of offending.”

At the hearing in February the court was told that when staff at a Cash Generators shop began to prepare a tablet computer for resale, they were horrified to find child pornography on it.

So the police were contacted – and when a laptop computer sold by the same customer was checked, that also had indecent images of children on it.

As a result, Wilkin, then living at an address in Nuneaton, was arrested and, after first trying to blame his son or his lodger, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images of children.

March 2016

Horrified store staff discovered indecent images of children on tablet

WHEN staff at the Cash Generators shop in Nuneaton began to prepare a tablet computer for resale, they were horrified to find child abuse images on it.

So the police were contacted – and when a laptop computer sold by the same customer was checked, that also had child porn on it, Warwick Crown Court has heard.

As a result, Russell Wilkin who was arrested and, tried blaming others for the images, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images of children.

The 34-year-old of Vernons Lane, Nuneaton, was given a three-year community order and was ordered to take part in a three-year internet sex offender’s treatment programme.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC also ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and to register as a sex offender for five years.

Prosecutor William Douglas-Jones said that on a laptop hard drive found at Wilkin’s home were 3,704 indecent images of children aged from 12 to 15 classed as being in category C – showing them in indecent poses but without any sexual activity.

The police also found two category A images showing pre-pubescent children being subjected to sexual abuse.

On another laptop and a tablet, both of which had been sold to the Cash Generators shop in Bridge Street, Nuneaton, were 749 and 452 category C images respectively.

They had been sold to the shop on a buy-back agreement, but Wilkin had failed to do so at the end of the agreement period in relation to the tablet.

So staff began to prepare it for sale, and when they came across indecent images of children on it, they reported it to the police.

A check revealed that the same customer had sold them a laptop, so that was checked as well and more images were found.

When Wilkin was arrested and interviewed in June, he denied being responsible.

He accepted he had accessed an adult site, but suggested that his lodger or his son might have viewed the younger images, which Judge Lockhart said was ‘an unattractive feature’.

Mr Douglas-Jones added that in a later interview Wilkin said he wanted to tell the truth and admitted being responsible, but had not intended to download that many and had not noticed the category A images.

Judge Lockhart commented: “The aggravating features are that they were left on a laptop that some other poor person has to clear down, and that he lies in interview and lays the blame at the door of others.”