April 2018

Pervert jailed for “secret” internet surfing

A RYEDALE sex offender involved in an international police investigation has been jailed for 18 months for secretly browsing the internet.

William Alexander Pearson, 22, was given a chance in November 2016 when he was given a suspended prison sentence for downloading a video of a child suffering the worst category of sexual abuse, York Crown Court heard.

But in December 2017, a routine police supervision visit led to the discovery he had been defying a court order by secretly viewing images of mutilation, death, violence and pornography.

Pearson, of East Road, Norton, pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) between August 31, 2017, and December 23, 2017, and was jailed for six months, plus the 12 months suspended in November 2016 for downloading an indecent video of a child. The SHPO remains in force for the rest of his life.

The Honorary Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, told him the November 2016 offence was an “extremely troubling case” during which Pearson had claimed he was a “paedophile hunter”.

“I am afraid you are not a paedophile hunter but arguably you are coming close to being a paedophile yourself,” said the judge. “I cannot overlook the flagrant breach of this order.”

Duncan Ritchie, for the prosecution, said Pearson was made subject to the SHPO when he was given the suspended prison sentence.

It included a ban on him using internet browsers that didn’t record which websites he visited.

On December 20, 2017, a public protection officer from North Yorkshire Police noticed an iPad at his home had a window open on a site with images of death, mutilation, violence and pornography, and checks revealed he had been using its Safari browser in a “private” setting to hide his online activities

November 2016

Pervert who had sick video of young girl pretended he was a ‘paedophile hunter’

A MAN who claimed to be a “paedophile hunter” has been given a suspended prison sentence for downloading indecent images of children.

William Pearson, 21, was arrested on December 19 last year when police searched his Norton home and seized computer equipment.

He told police he had viewed images of child abuse because he wanted to root out paedophiles, York Crown Court heard.

But analysis of his computer showed he had watched a six-minute video featuring a young girl.

Pearson, of East Road, admitted he had watched the clip, which he had downloaded twice, for his own sexual gratification. He had pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of a child, and was sentenced last week.

He said that during Pearson’s first police interview – before his computer equipment had been analysed – the defendant claimed he was an anti-paedophile “campaigner” trying to unmask child abusers.

“He said he was trying to identify offenders and engage them in conversation (online), and in order to do so acquired some abusive material he could share with them,” added Mr Parsons.

There was no evidence to suggest Pearson had sent images to other paedophiles, but he did admit using a drop-box system to store indecent files.

“He admitted getting sexual gratification from the content of these images of children, which the Crown says gives the lie to his earlier account that he was doing this to track paedophiles,” said the barrister.

Pearson, who has no previous convictions, made full admissions in his second police interview after his computer equipment had been examined.

Pearson’s solicitor advocate David Camidge conceded that his young client had tried to con police by claiming he was a “paedophile hunter”.

He said Pearson was an “isolated” figure who had resigned from his job following his arrest and had put his life on hold during the court proceedings.