May 2017

Paedophile who hunted victims on Facebook has jail term increased

A paedophile who used Facebook to trick boys into sending him indecent images of themselves has had his “unduly lenient” jail term increased.

Christopher John Hodder, 31, created multiple fake profiles on the social networking site pretending to be young girls. He lured, coaxed and threatened youngsters into sending him explicit pictures or videos.

Hodder would send his victims naked pictures of a girl to lure them into exposing themselves. He was caught when his computer IP address was traced by the police after he contacted a 15-year-old boy living at a children’s home.

In January Hodder, of North Road, Kirkby Stephen, was jailed for four years, with a three-year extended licence period.

He pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to five counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, eight counts of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of making indecent photograph of a child and two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

That sentence was viewed as too soft by the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, who referred the case for Appeal Court judges to look at again.

Lord Justice Simon, sitting in London, agreed with him, and upped Hodder’s jail term to five years four months. The three-year extended licence period remains in place.

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Green and Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, said Hodder “accepted that he used fake Facebook profiles to obtain indecent images of children for about two years”.

“He spent several hours a day on Facebook searching for new victims… it was too easy and, once he started, he could not stop,” the judge added.

Lord Justice Simon said Hodder had previously been “convicted of a similar offence” against a 14-year-old boy.

He had engaged in “predatory sexual offending and online grooming”.

The judge concluded: “There was the use of threats and blackmail and the deliberate targeting of victims who were vulnerable because of their age and circumstances.

“This was the second time he was before the court for similar offences.

“This sentence was unduly lenient. The custodial term should have been five years four months, plus three years extended licence.”

March 2017

‘Perverted monster’ who targeted young boys on Facebook

A “PERVERTED monster” who hunted out and sexually groomed boys using Facebook has been sent to prison.

Christopher Hodder set up a fake online profile and pretended to be a girl as he tricked teens into providing intimate images of themselves.

Carlisle Crown Court heard 31-year-old Hodder had been sentenced for a previous grooming crime in 2013.

Part of his punishment was not to contact any children aged under 16 via the internet.

But last year police unearthed a catalogue of new offences after learning Hodder had communicated with a teenage boy using social media. Officers found he had targeted a total of 13 separate young victims – including two brothers.

Hodder later pleaded guilty to 19 charges. These included five counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity; eight attempts to do the same; two breaches of a court order he was given in 2013; and several child porn charges.

Hodder, of Union Square, Kirkby Stephen, was sentenced today (FRI) when moving impact statements were read in court by some of the victims’ relatives.

“Mine and my family’s life has been ruined,” stated the father of one boy. “This perverted monster should never be allowed to walk the streets again.”

Judge Tony Lancaster imposed a four-year jail term and directed that Hodder should be subject to an extended three-year licence period.

Judge Lancaster told him: “Your offending was mean, volatile and predatory.”

June 2013

SEX ACT CIRCUS MAN FROM CUMBRIA AVOIDS PRISON

A CIRCUS performer who carried out a sex act on the internet in front of a 14-year-old boy has been spared prison.

Christopher Hodder, 27, of Kirkby Stephen, befriended the boy after he began teaching him at a circus school.

He sent the boy a series of text messages and a graphic photo and the pair were involved in online sex sessions via Skype, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

The incidents came to light when the victim’s father came across messages on Facebook exchanged between the two.

He became extremely concerned and contacted police as he had known Hodder for a number of years, the court heard.

In his police interview, Hodder admitted encouraging the boy to meet up, although they never actually did.

Hodder had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing last month to two offences of causing a child to watch a sexual act.

In mitigation, the court heard that Hodder fully accepted responsibility for the incidents and abusing his position of trust.

He also showed genuine remorse for his behaviour and he had himself been a victim of abuse as a child and felt anger and revulsion at his behaviour, the court heard.

Sentencing Hodder to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, Judge Barbara Forrester described it as a “life-changing incident” for him and took into account the abuse he suffered as a child.

She added: “This is an unusual case because we are talking about electronic contact. But because of your position of trust it is appropriate to mark the seriousness of the offences.”

Hodder was also given a two-year supervision order, ordered to sign the sexual offender’s register for 10 years and banned from working with children.

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