September 2016

Man who told girl, 12, he wanted to paint her body is back in court for child abuse photos

A man who served a 15 months jail term for downloading child abuse pictures returned to court to admit repeat offences.

In 2010 Jeff Robinson was sent to prison after admitting 30 charges of downloading abuse images on his computer.

The case caused controversy at the time as a charge of sexual grooming against him was dropped because he did not arrange to meet a 12-year-old girl he chatted to online, who he told he loved and wanted to marry.

Today Robinson, 60, of Park Road, Bristol, returned to Bristol Crown Court and pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photos of children in February this year.

The court heard police found a sordid stash of 1,616 abuse stills and one video clip.

Tabitha Macfarlane, defending, said: “Mr Robinson has previous like offences and has had a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

“Mr Robinson is aware the sentencing regime is more strict and has been advised properly as to the seriousness of the allegations.”

Judge Michael Longman bailed Robinson, pending a report, for sentence on October 21.

The judge told him: “The pre-sentence report is simply so that whoever sentences you has as much relevant information about you as possible, including risk you present in future.

“Because you have your bail is no indication whatsoever as to what the outcome will be.”

Six years ago the Bristol Post reported how Robinson was jailed for 15 months after a judge deemed he fell through a “gaping hole” in the law which lets people who groom children off the hook.

Bristol Crown Court heard a police investigation discovered he had made lewd suggestions to a 12-year-old girl from Wolverhampton, as well as downloading child abuse photos.

But prosecutor James Ward offered no evidence on a charge of sexual grooming of the child, on the grounds Robinson and the girl had not actually arranged to meet.

This prompted His Honour Judge Julian Lambert to call on the Crown Prosecution Service to write a letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions about this “loophole”.

Mr Ward said though there was evidence of Robinson making sexual references about what he would do to the girl, it was established she had no intention of actually meeting him.

He said Robinson, who claimed to have been abused by his father, had no previous convictions and had children of his own.

Judge Lambert said: “There is a gaping hole in criminal justice legislation that allows a pervert to make sexual approaches to a little girl who he knows, or should know, is under-age.”

Mr Ward told the court that in April 2009 officers from the internet child abuse team visited Robinson’s home and seized two of his computers.

Some 782 images were recovered, deemed to be at the lowest level of indecency, as well as three movie clips deemed to be at the most serious level.

Mr Ward said Robinson was given police bail but, following a complaint by the 12-year-old girl’s mother, police visited him again in November 2009 and found computer messages he had sent to her.

They included: “I love you”, “I want to marry you” and “I want to cover you in body paint”.

Police also found more indecent images on his newly-acquired computer equipment, including 401 depicting lowest category abuse and two at the most serious level.

Robinson told police he wasn’t sexually aroused by the abuse pictures and had merely engaged in fantasy talk with the girl. Catherine Spedding, defending, said her client had been receiving counselling for a month and had found it extremely useful.

She said he was in a stable relationship and cared for his elderly mother.

Judge Lambert blasted: “Those who view these perverted images showing the abuse of children indirectly cause the further abuse of children.

“Such abuse would be to a lesser degree if no-one viewed these filthy images.”

At the time Detective Constable Geoff Colvin, of Avon and Somerset Constabulary internet child abuse team, said: “I believe Robinson poses a real risk to teenage girls.”