April 2017

Man admits having video of girl ‘aged three or four’ being raped

When police tracked down a former Stratford man during an investigation into indecent images of children, they found a video of a young girl being raped.

Josef Hesling had the sickening clip on one of his phones, as well as a range of other indecent images of children – some as young as three or four – on that and another phone.

Despite admitting three charges of making indecent images of children, the 49-year-old avoided going straight to prison as he was given a seven-month sentence suspended for two years

Hesling, who previously lived in the Clopton area of Stratford but has since moved to Weston-super-Mare, was also ordered to take part in a rehabilitation programme, given 150 hours unpaid work and will register as a sex offender for ten years.

Sentencing Hesling, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: “You were a man of good character, yet in 2015 you were responsible for having on your devices images of children – one of a child being raped.

“That image will exist for years. Each and every time someone views that, that child, perhaps now in her teenage years or even an adult, is abused.

“It was an image of child rape which you chose to view. You were accessing the internet and speaking to others about those vile images.

Prosecutor Antonie Muller said intelligence received by the police led to an investigation into the suspected uploading of indecent images of children onto the internet in February 2015.

That eventually led them to discovering Hesling’s G-mail and Yahoo accounts.

A phone account led them to Hesling, who had been living in rented accommodation in Stratford, but who had later moved on to Weston-super-Mare where he was arrested in March last year.

Three phones were seized and on one was an image of a semi-naked girl aged between three and six involved in a sex act.

That image was classed as being in category B – the second worst kind of image – and led to the police investigation.

On Hesling’s iPhone were a number of category C images showing girls aged from eight to 15 in naked or indecent poses.

But that phone also contained a category A video clip of a girl aged just three or four being raped.

When Hesling was interviewed, he admitted the email addresses were his, as well as possessing the images, which he said someone had sent him.

He said he chatted on websites where he shared sexual images and accepted that some of the females ‘may have been under 16’ – but he claimed he did not believe they would be of children, and that “at worst it may be a 15-year-old”.

But Mr Muller pointed out that, in relation to the child rape video, there had been more than 50 messages between Hesling and the person who had sent it to him.

In one Hesling said “Got it, but a bit young”, but later commented “So bloody horny now”.

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