January 2018

Paedophile Paul Thompson jailed after being caught with child abuse images

A paedophile found with indecent images of children during a monitoring visit has been jailed.

Officers from Essex Police’s MOSOVO (Management of Sexual and Violent Offenders) team visited the home of 24-year-old Paul Thompson in Douglas Grove, Witham, on May 11 last year.

During the routine visit officers carried out a search of his computer equipment where they instantly came across indecent images of children depicting abuse of girls aged as young as seven.

Thompson was arrested, his house was searched and officers seized further computer equipment including a computer tower, hard drives and a USB stick.

Other devices had already been seized by MOSOVO officers on two previous monitoring visits.

Forensic analysis of all computer equipment found they contained:

  • 28 Category A images and 59 movies (Category A is most serious category of abuse imagery)

  • 58 Category B images and 62 movies

  • 66 Category C images and 6 movies

  • 75 Prohibited images of children and 19 movies

  • 18 extreme images and 22 movies

Thompson was charged with:

  • Seven counts of making indecent images of children

  • Three counts of possessing prohibited images of children

  • Two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images of children

Thompson admitted the charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on January 18 and was jailed for 15 months.

He was also made the subject of an eight-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for a further ten years.

November 2017

Ipswich man admits making indecent videos of a child in Witham

A MAN has appeared in court where he has admitted to making a series of indecent photos and videos of a child.

Colchester Magistrates Court heard Paul Thompson, 24, made a total of 16 category A, B and C images of a child plus two category A films, the most serious category.

Thompson also pleaded guilty to two further charges of possessing a prohibited image of a child on or before May this year.

Colchester Magistrates Court heard all of the offences took place in Witham.

Chairman of the bench, Neil Hinson, said: “Given the fact there are other matters pending in Chelmsford Crown Court of a similar nature, it makes eminent sense for these matters to be dealt with at the same time by the judge.”

He added: “I’m formally committing these matters to the crown court.

“In the meantime, we’re going to grant you unconditional bail.”

Thompson, of Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court next month for the case to be heard and to be sentenced.