July 2016

Paedophile spared jail over vile baby abuse is locked up on appeal

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A “repugnant” paedophile who was spared jail after committing a sex attack on a baby in a pram was jailed for 32 months after his case was referred to the appeal court.

John Paul Long, 21, molested the toddler while it was asleep in its pram, and videoed himself committing the abuse on his phone.

Long, of Larchwood Avenue, Maghull, also carried out a similar attack on a four-year-old.

At first he was sentenced to 32 months detention at Liverpool Crown Court in May.

But that sentence was later changed by the judge, His Honour Brian Cummings QC, – who instead imposed a 24-month suspended term, enabling Long to walk free.

The decision brought a furious response from the Attorney-General, Jeremy Wright QC, who attacked the sentence as far too soft.

Today three Appeal Court judges in London agreed with him and reinstated the 32-month custodial sentence.

The court heard that videos on Long’s phone showed him “performing a number of sexual activities” on the baby whilst it “slept in a pram.”

The attack against the other child was also carried out whilst the victim was asleep and unaware.

Judge Cummings had decided to take a merciful stance, after learning that Long suffered from ADHD.

Long’s lawyers said that meant he “would be particularly vulnerable in a custodial environment”.

Lady Justice Sharp, increasing the sentence today, said: “The offences were of a particularly grave and repugnant kind.

“The victims were young children, who were very vulnerable. The abuse was recorded and kept on the offender’s mobile phone”.

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Spencer and Judge Neil Bidder QC, said a “considerably longer” sentence could have been imposed on Long.

But she concluded: “Re-imposing the original sentence of 32 months strikes a balance between the public interest and fairness to Long.”

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Wright said: “A suspended sentence did not reflect the very significant impact of Long’s offending on his victims and their families or the other aggravating features of these offences.

“I welcome therefore the court’s conclusion that he should spend his sentence in prison.”

When police raided Long’s home in October last year, they found recordings of him carrying out both attacks stored on his mobile.

They also uncovered thousands of child porn images, along with other illegal porn, stockpiled on his computer.

Long pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 and a raft of child and extreme porn offences.

May 2016

Paedophile who abused baby has sentence reduced

A man locked up after taking photos of himself sexually abusing a baby and a toddler has now been FREED after a judge decided his sentence was too ‘harsh’

Police raided John Long’s home after being tipped off that he was downloading indecent images of children and extreme animal porn .

When an officer trawled through thousands of sick pictures on his computer, she spotted photographs of him molesting two very young boys as they slept.

Long, 20, of Larchwood Avenue, Maghull – who was even pictured abusing the baby in a pram – later told police: “My head is messed up.”

Judge Brian Cummings, QC, originally handed him two years and eight months in a young offenders institution at Liverpool Crown Court.

But a day later he called the paedophile back to court and said he had reviewed his sentence and decided it should be reduced.

Judge Cummings used a law known as the fifty-six day “Slip Rule”, which gives courts the power to alter a sentence or order made within 56 days.

He handed Long a two-year detention and training order, suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision.

The judge also ordered Long to attend a sex offenders programme designed to tackle his disturbing behaviour.

An indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and requirement to sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely remain in place.

Long admitted two counts of sexual assault, two counts of making and one count of possessing indecent images of children, in relation to the two boys.

“He said he didn’t know why he did it and thinks his head is messed up.”

He also pleaded guilty to seven counts of making and five counts of possessing indecent images, plus possession of cannabis.

The court heard he took six photos of himself sexually assaulting the victims.

Sarah Holt, prosecuting, said his vile stash contained 324 Category A pictures – the most serious category – plus 504 Category B and 4,234 Category C images.

She said there were a further 48 Category A, 35 Category B and seven Category C videos on the seven devices.

Long had 3,074 banned images of children including cartoons, plus 37 pictures and two videos depicting extreme porn and bestiality.

Ms Holt said that when interviewed by police: “He said he didn’t know why he did it and thinks his head is messed up.”

According to the Crown Prosecution Service website, the usual reason for altering a sentence under the Slip Rule is that “further information relevant to the sentence has become available to the court; or the court has overlooked some statutory provisions limiting its powers; or the sentence is found to take effect in an unexpected manner”.

May 2016

Man jailed after filming himself sexually abusing baby sleeping in pram

A young man has been jailed after police found pictures of him sexually abusing a sleeping baby in a pram and a young toddler.

John Long, 20, also had thousands of sick images stored on the hard drive of his computer – including indecent images of kids and “extreme” animal porn.

Police acting on a tip off he was downloading sick images raided Long’s home

When interviewed he admitted looking at the thousands of images for “sexual satisfaction” – but claimed he was only interested in girls.

An officer trawling through thousands of images in the vile stash subsequently spotted photographs of Long molesting two very young boys.

Long, of Larchwood Avenue, Maghull, Liverpool, later told police: “My head is messed up.”

At Liverpool Crown Court he admitted two counts of sexual assault, two counts of making and one count of possessing indecent images of children, in relation to the two boys.

Long also pleaded guilty to seven counts of making and five counts of possessing indecent images, plus possession of cannabis.

Judge Brian Cummings, QC, handed Long two years and eight months in a young offenders institution for the “gross breach of trust”.

The court had heard he had taken six photos of himself sexually assaulting his victims.

Sarah Holt, prosecuting, said the hard drives contained 324 Category A pictures – the most serious category – plus 504 Category B and 4,234 Category C images.

She said there were a further 48 Category A, 35 Category B and seven Category C videos on the seven devices.

Long had 3,074 banned images of children including cartoons, plus 37 pictures and two videos depicting extreme porn and bestiality.

Ms Holt said: “Importantly the Crown would say, he told officers he had never acted on these instincts, only looked at the images in his bedroom.

“When interviewed again after he was identified in the photos, he made full and frank admissions.

“He said he had been collecting indecent images of children for years.

“He said he didn’t know why he did it and thinks his head is messed up.”

The judge imposed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told Long to sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.