September 2017

Waltham Abbey sex offender admits watching teenage boys touch themselves on webcam

A man who watched schoolboys touching themselves on webcam has pleaded guilty to a series of sex offences.

Connor Hanlon, 22, came to the attention of police when they discovered someone had been downloading indecent images of children at his home in Eagle Close, Waltham Abbey.

Officers executed a warrant and seized eight devices from Hanlon’s house, two of which contained extremely graphic material.

A HP laptop found in the living room, as well as a USB storage device taken from his bedroom, had been used to store a variety of illegal pictures and movies, Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard this afternoon (Wednesday, September 13).

Outlining what sordid images had been uncovered, prosecutor Barry Hargreaves said: “There were both images and videos; 62 from Category A, 259 from Category B and 11 from Category C.

“120 indecent videos mostly related to teenage males masturbating into a webcam.”

Hanlon was arrested on June 29 and answered no comment to nearly all questions except to confirm the USB device and the laptop belonged to him.

Mr Clubb, chairman of the bench, directed the case should be heard before Chelmsford Crown Court.

Hanlon, who was released on unconditional bail, will be sentenced for three counts of making indecent photographs of children on October 11.