March 2018

Convicted paedophile caught again

A paedophile previously caught with more than 6,000 indecent images of children on his computer has been caught again – this time with more than 1,000.

Calvin Hodgson, 32, was given a suspended prison sentence in August 2016 and made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court , Judge Neil Bidder QC said: “These are disgusting images.”

The court heard police executed a search warrant at his home in Newport on February 5.

Asked if he had any indecent images, he replied: “There’s none. I’ve been here before.”

Officers seized a memory card and computer tower and found a total of 1,662 indecent images, including 693 of the most serious Category A.

Prosecutors said the majority of Category A images, including 647 pictures and 46 videos, showed girls aged between five and 12.

Judge Bidder described the images as “very disturbing”.

The court heard there were 571 Category B images, including 565 pictures and six videos.

Officers also discovered 398 Category C images, including 396 pictures and two videos. In addition there was a prohibited computer-generated image.

Hodgson was given a suspended sentence in August 2016 after being caught with more than 6,000 indecent images.

His barrister said he completed all 120 hours of the unpaid work requirement.

Hodgson, of Clyffard Crescent, Newport , admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

He also admitted breaching the Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The court heard he felt “ashamed” of his behaviour and “apologetic”. His counsel said he “lives in virtual reality” and does not socialise much.

Judge Bidder said: “These are disgusting images. They do represent real children being subjected to the most terrible abuse.”

Hodgson was jailed for 34 months. Judge Bidder varied the Sexual Harm Prevention Order to make it indefinite.

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