November 2016

Sailor found with indecent images after taking snaps of his penis


A high-ranking sailor was found with child abuse pictures when he was caught taking photos of his penis in the ladies’ toilets of a busy airport.

Tor Mikalsen, a Norwegian chief officer on a ship, used his laptop to take the snaps of his genitals while in a cubicle in the loos at Newcastle Airport, a court heard.

But suspicions were roused when a young girl in the cubicle next door spotted his computer on the floor and reported it to her dad, who subsequently told staff.

Security officers found the married 50-year-old and immediately seized his laptop, where they found photographs of his penis, Newcastle Crown Court was told.

On a further search, police also found two indecent pseudo images of children, one a sketch of child abuse and one a computer-generated image.

Now, Mikalsen, a Norwegian who had been on his way home after working in the UK for three weeks, has been jailed after admitting making the pseudo images.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said the offence happened on August 21 this year.

He said: “A man and his family were in Newcastle Airport waiting to go on holiday. His eight-year-old daughter went to use the lavatories.

“While in the cubicle, she became aware of a laptop coming through the partition. She became upset and distressed and she left the cubicle and told her father.

“Her father then spoke to a member of airport staff, who went into the ladies’ toilets and went up to the cubicle door and the door was shut.

“They knocked and a male opened the door who was this defendant.”

Mr Pallister said Mikalsen, who gave his address as no fixed abode, told staff he was there by mistake before he was escorted out the toilets.

On a subsequent search of his laptop, the indecent pseudo pictures and the photos of his genitals were found.

Neither of the indecent images were of the girl in the next door toilet cubicle.

Mikalsen said he’d intended to go into the toilets to take a snap of his penis and send it to a woman on Facebook but that he had become confused because he suffered from diabetes and had gone into the wrong loos.

Sentencing him to three months in prison, Recorder of Newcastle Judge Paul Sloan QC said: “You’re a highly qualified individual, who will quickly find work upon your release.

“You married and 50 years old. At the time, it would seem you were going through a difficult period. You were not in the best of health and you were drinking to excess.

“These were pseudo images. You didn’t actually make images of an actual victim.”

Mikalsen was also made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 10 years.

October 2016

Seaman caught with child abuse pictures after scaring girl, eight, in ladies’ toilets at airport

A seaman was caught with child abuse pictures after photographing his own privates in the female toilets of a North East airport.

Chief Officer Tor Mikalsen told the authorities he was using his laptop in the ladies’ loo at Newcastle Airport to take illicit shots he had planned to send to a woman over Facebook.

When the married 50-year-old’s computer was examined, police found two downloaded images – one a sketch drawing and one a computer-generated picture – of child abuse.

Mikalsen, who had been working on a ship in Scotland for three weeks, had been heading home to Norway when he was collared. At Newcastle Crown Court today, he pleaded guilty to making pseudo photographs of children and was jailed for three months, with a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

Mikalsen came to the authorities’ attention on August 21 when an eight-year-old girl using an adjacent cubicle in the toilet spotted his laptop and thought he was taking a picture of her. When the upset child informed her family, who were due to fly on holiday, the police were called.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “Officers viewed the laptop and immediately saw a picture of the defendant, the defendant’s penis. “

He told officers he was going to send that picture to a female he had been talking to on Facebook. “

Police then looked through the laptop further and saw two indecent images of young children, of a sexual nature.”

Mikalsen told police he had gone into the wrong toilet accidentally after becoming unwell and confused due to diabetes.

He claimed he used the child abuse images to “trap paedophiles”, an excuse Judge Paul Sloan QC said he was sceptical about.

The judge said Mikalsen was a “highly qualified” individual who had been going through a “difficult period” and drinking too much, resulting in three UK court appearances over the summer for vandalism, public order and burglary.