April 2017

Suspended sentence for Worksop man caught with child abuse images

A Worksop child abuse images pervert who was caught by police while dog-sitting for friends has been handed a suspended sentence.

Karl Hart, of King Street, Hodthorpe was sentenced to eight years in prison, suspended for two years, at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday, April 27).

The 45-year-old will also be placed on the sex offender’s register for ten years, after officers seized five computers which contained child sex images from his home.

He was initially caught when a police probe code-named Operation Redemption uncovered an online peer-to-peer network where indecent images were shared, and traced one hit to an IP address in Clipstone, where Hart was dog-sitting for friends.

He told officers he had visited the website “out of curiousity” but later admitted possessing 91 Category A videos, 13 Category B videos, and 11 Category C video- where Category A is the most extreme.

Hart must also pay a £140 victim surcharge.

April 2017

Worksop pervert snared watching child abuse images while dog-sitting

A Worksop child abuse images pervert who was caught by police while dog-sitting for friends in Clipstone faces three years in prison, a court has heard.

A police probe codenamed Operation Redemption uncovered an online peer-to-peer network where indecent images were shared, and traced one hit to an IP address in Clipstone.

The homeowner told officers that Karl Hart had been dog-sitting for the family while they were on holiday, said Ali Zaki, prosecuting.

“The defendant told police he had visited the website out of curiousity,” said Mr Zaki.

“He said: “I viewed them at a mate’s house while they were on holiday in the Isle of Wight.””

But officers seized five computers which contained child porn, from his home on King Street, Hodthorpe, on November 10, 2016.

Hart, 45, admitted possessing 91 Category A videos, 13 Category B videos, and 11 Category C videos, where Category A is the most extreme, at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Thursday.

“He made full and drank admissions in his final police interview,” said Mr Zaki.

He told the court that the offence fell into category A – because distribution was involved – and the starting point was three years in custody.

Hart was bailed to Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing, on April 27, on condition he has no unsupervised contact with children.

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