May 2017

Sex offender pathetic excuse for viewing indecent images of children

A former Royal Marine commando who shared indecent images of children as young as two told police he was “lonely and needed a girlfriend”.

Julia Baggs, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court, said police “interrogated” the IP address of Frank Turner, 67, after intelligence was received.

A search of his home in Tennyson Street, Goole, was carried out on January 26, 2016, during which computer equipment was seized.

Experts found hundreds of still and moving images of children being abused, including 132 deemed to be in category A – the most serious which shows the rape or torture of children

Ms Baggs said evidence pointed to Turner having shared a number images, including those in category A.

“He was asked in interview if he had a sexual interest in children,” Ms Baggs told the court. “He denied this and said he was lonely and needed a girlfriend.

“He said that he understood that it was illegal (to download indecent images of children). He said that he had tried to delete them prior to police attending at his address.”

Turner pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of distributing indecent images of children, and one count of possessing extreme pornography, namely bestiality.

Judge Mark Bury rejected Turner’s claim that he did not have a sexual interest in children and sentenced him to 20 months imprisonment.

He told Turner: “In my judgement, once you have started distributing images of children the only sentence is one of immediate imprisonment.

“You will notify (as a sex offender) for ten years and you are disqualified from working with children for life.”


April 2017

Goole pensioner faces jail over 466 sick pictures of children

A pensioner has been warned he may be jailed for distributing indecent photographs of children.

Frank Turner, 67, admitted seven offences relating to indecent or extreme images when he appeared at Hull Crown Court yesterday.

They included three of distributing indecent photographs; 13 at Category A, the most serious, 18 at Category B, and seven at Category C.

Turner, of Tennyson Street, Goole, also pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent photographs of children.

He was caught with 135 Category A images, 175 at Category B, and 156 Category C images. Turner also admitted possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a dog.

All the offences took place on or before January 26 last year, but no other details were given.

Catherine Duffy, for Turner, said he had no relevant previous convictions, and nothing on his record since 1976.

She asked for an adjournment for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, which was granted by Judge Jeremy Richardson QC.

The judge told Turner: “You have pleaded guilty to a number of serious crimes. There is a high likelihood that you will be sent to prison because of the nature of your criminality.

“But I expressly state that all sentencing options remain open. Please read nothing into the fact that I am adjourning your case on bail, and I’m directing a pre-sentence report.

“The court merely requires as much information as possible before sentencing you.”

Turner was released on conditional bail and is due to appear before the same court for sentence on May 5.