January 2017

Pervert jailed for six months


A pervert who once claimed he viewed indecent images of children in an attempt to trap others has been jailed after he committed similar offences.

Gary Ashby was in March 2013 given 12 months imprisonment suspended for a year by magistrates for three offences of possessing over 1,100 indecent images of children.

The 35-year-old unemployed chef said afterwards: “There was no intention of gratification. I found these people on the site and wanted to stop them doing what they were doing.”

But Ashby, formerly of Yarrow Road, Chatham, found himself in the dock at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday after admitting two offences of possessing indecent photos and two of making them.

Police launched an investigation after Ashby was found to be associated with a Twitter account, on which he had downloaded photos.

Officers went to a caravan at Ford Place, Ford Road, Wrotham Heath, which was Ashby’s registered address as a sex offender, on November 26 2015.

He said: “I have been on Twitter uploading pictures but not indecent images of children.”

Prosecutor Mary Jacobson said officers seized an iPad, laptop computer and smart phone and indecent images were found on all three.

There were a total of 96 images – one in the highest category, two in the next most serious category and 93 in the lowest category.

In the previous case he posed as a 13-year-old girl to set up a fake account using an email address called Jessica Rabbit13.

Police raided his mother’s home in Chatham and found the hundreds of images.

Jailing him for six months, Judge Charles Macdonald QC said he had read a number of impressive references for Ashby, but the outstanding aggravating feature was that it was the second time he had committed such offences.

“Offending of this sort calls for a deterrent sentence,” he said. “In your particular case there are features of lack of insight, meaning you present a continuing risk to children.”

The judge added: “There is no doubt this must be immediate custody.”

Ashby’s name will appear on the sex offenders’ register and a sexual harm prevention order was made, both for seven years.

He will be barred from working with children under 16 and vulnerable adults.

November 2016

Man back in front of magistrates pleads guilty to possessing indecent images

A dad who swapped indecent images of children on a social networking site and claimed he did so in a bid to frame perverts has been caught viewing such pictures again.

Several years ago, when Gary Ashby was 31 and lived in Chatham, he downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images on his computer, including one of a three-year-old being raped.

Ashby, formerly of Yarrow Road, had posed as a 13-year-old girl to set up a fake account and used a tag name of Jessica Rabbit.

When police raided his home they found 1,135 level one images, seven level two images, 19 level three images and six level four images – the second-most serious – on his laptop.

He admitted three charges of making indecent images of children when he appeared before magistrates in Medway and was handed a 12-month suspended sentence and was put on a sexual offences prevention order for seven years, which banned him from accessing the internet and meant he would be monitored by police.

Speaking after his conviction, Ashby said: “There was no intention of gratification. I found these people on the site and wanted to stop them doing what they were doing.

“I made a mistake, I went about it completely the wrong way, I made a bad judgement, it’s ruined my life, I’ve lost my job, I’ve really shot myself in the foot. I am not a sick individual, none of this was ever done to get a thrill or for sexual gratification.”

Earlier this month however, Ashby, who is now 34, found himself back in front of Medway magistrates, after being charged with four counts of being in possession of indecent photographs.

Ashby, now of Ford Place, in Ford Road, Wrotham Heath, pleaded guilty to all four charges when he appeared in the dock.

Magistrates were told in total Ashby had 96 indecent images ranging from Category A to C with C being the lower range of seriousness. Since his first conviction categorisation has been re-classified.

The bench decided to adjourn the case and sent it to Maidstone Crown Court to be dealt with. A date for Ashby’s sentencing is yet to be fixed and he was granted bail until then.

As part of his bail conditions Ashby is not allowed to be in possession of a device capable of accessing the internet and is not allowed to access Twitter.