November 2016

Man (42) ordered to register as a sex offender

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A man posed as a young woman to con a teenage boy into performing a solo sex act, a court heard.

When police raided Keith David Atkinson’s computer , they discovered more than 65,000 chat log messages from more than 700 individual chats.

One of the chats involved a teenage boy who thought he was talking to a 21-year-old woman, Mold Crown Court was told.

But it was in fact Atkinson, who persuaded him to perform a sex act on himself to the camera.

Many chats involved young girls when he pretended to be a young man, the court heard.

Atkinson, 52, also had indecent films, mainly involving under aged girls

The defendant, of Pippin’s Close in Shotton – who since his arrest has given up his employment – was jailed for 18 months.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for ten years and he was made the subject of a ten year sexual harm prevention order.

Earlier this month Atkinson admitted two charges of making indecent videos between August 2005 and June of last year and an incitement charge going back to 2013.

He admitted possessing five indecent videos, four at the worst category A and one at category B.

Duncan Bould, prosecuting, said Atkinson was arrested in June of last year when police, acting on intelligence, went to his home and seized his computer equipment.

A website for downloading child pornography was linked to his address.

When analysed, a total of seven films were recovered which showed indecent images of children at the worst category A and B.

A number of other titles of apparent films were found which indicated that they contained child pornography, but they were no longer accessible.

“The other thing they found were chat logs on Live Messenger and Skype dating back to 2007,” said Mr Bould.

Many of them involved individuals who indicated that they were girls under the age of 16.

The example chosen in the charge however related to a 15-year-old boy.

After his arrest, Atkinson produced a prepared statement in which he claimed that it was research and that he had done it out of curiosity.

He claimed to have no sexual interest in what he was accessing – but that claim was not borne out by the chat logs.

The defendant said that he had used peer to peer software to seek out child pornography.

He admitted that in addition to the persona he created to persuade the boy to indulge in sex acts, that he also referred to himself as “Steve, 18, from Chester” when chatting to under-aged girls.

Robin Boag, defending, said that there were a mixture of motivations for his client getting involved in the offences.

But the pre-sentence report showed that he was motivated to address his behaviour.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said the offences were aggravated by the nature of the images and the ages of the children involved.