November 2016

David Gaertner told to expect jail for latest offences

A SEX offender continued his sex crimes despite being subject to a suspended prison sentence, probation supervision and a court order aimed at curbing his behaviour, York Crown Court heard.

David Leonard Eugene Gaertner, 64, admitted possessing indecent pictures and videos of children between March 31, 2014, and March 22, 2016.

He also admitted possessing extreme pornography between October 10, 2013 and March 22, 2016.

A judge has told him he may now be jailed.

On April 30, 2014, he received a suspended prison sentence including supervision by the probation service and rehabilitative activities, was made subject to a sexual offences prevention order and was put on the sex offenders’ register, after admitting earlier offences involving indecent images of children.

After his latest guilty pleas the Honorary Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, told him to expect prison.

He said: “I am sure you understand with your record, particularly with a suspended sentence for similar offending, a custodial sentence is highly likely.”

He adjourned sentence until January 5 so probation officers could prepare a report on how Gaertner had responded to their work with him since his first sentence, and released him on bail.

York Crown Court heard he had two videos and one picture showing sexual abuse of children of the most serious category and one picture of the least serious kind showing a child being sexually abused.

He also had two identical images of extreme pornography.