May 2017

York pervert jailed for taking sex pic of child

A pervert who persuaded a five-year-old child to expose herself while he took her photo has been jailed for 20 months.

James Jackson, 29, had special software on his computer to try and prevent detectives finding out about his internet searches and downloading of illegal pornography, said Louise Pryke, prosecuting.

But police computer experts found the photo he had taken without the knowledge of the child’s mother, an extreme sexual image plus two other illegal images and evidence he had made searches for “young girl porn” and similar terms.

Because of the software they were unable to know how many illegal images he had downloaded but there had certainly been more than the ones they found, she said.

Jailing him for 20 months, Judge Paul Batty QC, told Jackson about the incident with the child: “That was a revolting thing to do. This was exploitation of a friendship which has devastated the mother of that child and one would well understand that.”

Jackson, of Horner Street, Clifton, pleaded guilty to producing an illegal sexual image of a child and possessing extreme pornography and indecent images. In addition to the 20-month prison sentence, he was put on the sex offender’s register for ten years and made subject indefinitely to a sexual harm prevention order.

Jackson’s solicitor advocate Neal Kutte said he knew that he had a problem and wanted help in dealing with his sexual urges. He also had a heavy drinking problem and had lost his job.

Ms Pryke said North Yorkshire Police raided Jackson’s home after they were tipped off by the national Child Online Exploitation Team on July 9.

They found the child’s photograph he had taken on his mobile phone and transferred to his computer. They also found that his computer had software that disguised the computer’s internet address by which it could be traced and wiping software that made it difficult to retrieve illegal images of children after they had been deleted.