May 2018

Flintshire man admitted breaching sexual harm prevention order

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A pervert with a history of downloading thousands of indecent images of children has pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order made to curb his future activities.

Alan Catherall, 60, of Coast Road, Holywell, was jailed in 2016 for 32 months and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life after he downloaded the images, some of which were of very young children.

An indefinite sexual harm prevention order was made at the time, after the court heard he was prosecuted for similar offences in 2010, when he received a suspended prison sentence and a previous sexual harm prevention order was made.

To make matters worse while on bail he went out and bought another computer and did the same thing again. Police found those images during a routine check.

Appearing from custody at Mold Crown Court, Catherall pleaded guilty to two breaches of a sexual harm prevention order after he was found to have file sharing software on his mobile phone and virtual private network (VPN) software designed to enable users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.

Judge Rhys Rowland ordered a pre-sentence report to be carried out and adjourned the case until June 14.

Catherall was remanded in custody.

April 2016

Man jailed for downloading indecent images of children

A sex offender released on bail for downloading indecent images of children bought a new computer and committed further crimes, has been jailed.

Alan Catherall, 58, appeared at Mold Crown Court today and was put behind bars for 32 months, and ordered to register with police as a sex offender for life.

Catherall of Tan y Bryn, Caergwrle near Mold, also received an indefinite sexual harm prevention order (SOPO).

The court was told Catherall had a history of similar offending and how in 2010 he received a suspended prison sentence and was given a SOPO.

Anna Pope, prosecuting, said police visited Catherall’s home in February of last year and found 120,000 indecent images

There was also cleaning and shredding software to delete files containing indecent material.

Catherall was initially released on bail.

But, when police visited his home again in January this year they found Catherall had bought a new computer which had thousands more indecent images.

Alun Williams, defending, said that Catherall could not help himself.

Catherall admitted 13 charges – six of making indecent images, two charges of possessing them, four charges of possessing extreme images and one charge of doing an act prevented by the SOPO, namely having file deleting software on his computer.

Judge Niclas Parry said Catherall had been given chances to reform.

He said: “Despite that support and intervention, in breach of an order made to protect the public, you persisted in accessing a very large number of indecent images.

“I say it repeatedly but it cannot be said too often – what you were viewing was actually happening to those very young children.”