October 2017

Waltham Abbey paedophile plumber watched teen boys touching themselves on webcam

A plumber has been spared jail after watching teenage boys touching themselves on webcam.

Connor Hanlon was snared by police after they received information that he had been viewing indecent images of children online at his home in Eagle Close, Waltham Abbey.

When officers searched the 22-year-old’s house, they found a laptop in his living room and a USB device in his bedroom which contained his vile and graphic collection.

There were both moving and still images among his horde, 65 from the most serious Category A, 259 from Category B and 11 Category C, Chelmsford Crown Court heard this afternoon (Wednesday, October 18).

After his arrest on June 29, Hanlon refused to answer the questions put to him by police, except to admit that he owned the devices and that he “never directed anyone to do anything,” said prosecutor Samantha Lowther.

Sex offender Hanlon, who works as a plumber, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs when he came before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court last month.

Speaking on his behalf, Sarah Steggles told Judge David Turner QC how her client had started to address his issues by having counselling sessions with mental health charity MIND.

She also noted Hanlon had not only acknowledged he had a “problem” but also had a “troubled background”.

Handing down sentence, Judge Turner said: “This is a shameful day for you because you stand in the dock in the crown court having had in your possession a series of images of young children.

“Never make the mistake in thinking that these are victimless offences.

“Just remember that other people have taken these children to studious and rooms where they have been gravely abused.

“People like you make use of this for their own sexual purposes.

“How would you feel if one of these children was a younger brother or sister?”

Hanlon was told he would not be sent to prison because Judge Turner was satisfied his conduct was “out of character”.

“I have read the moving letter from your sister and sister-in-law,” the judge continued.

“It would be wrong and disproportionate to send you at 22 to prison.

“This need not be the defining moment of your life.

“This sort of pornographic material is addictive and you need to be aware of that – you need to face up to it courageously.

“If you don’t you face a very bleak future indeed.”

Taking into account the remorse shown by Hanlon, Judge Turner sentenced him to a two-year community order with 30 rehabilitative days and ordered that he took part in the Horizon sex offender treatment progreamme.

Hanlon’s laptop and USB device were made subject to a forfeiture order and he was told to pay the victim surcharge and £320 in prosecution costs.

In addition, Hanlon is subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years and must sign the Sex Offender Register for the same period.

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.

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