April 2018

Sex offender sent to jail after he breached order banning him from using the internet

A sex offender has been sent to jail after he breached an order banning him from using the internet.

Carl Cracknell, aged 33, and of Blackberry Lane, Weymouth was sentenced to four months in prison after he was found in possession of a laptop.

Weymouth Magistrates Court heard Cracknell was found in possession of a Compaq laptop on February 27, which breached a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) imposed by Bournemouth Crown Court in 2016.

Cracknell admitted the breach.

Richard Oakley, prosecuting, said on November 25, 2016, Cracknell appeared in court for the possession of indecent photographs of children, extreme pornography and indecent pseudo-photographs.

Cracknell was issued with an SHPO which banned him from having any device with internet access. He was also banned from possessing a device that can store images.

During a safeguarding visit, police found a laptop computer running at Cracknell’s home address. Cracknell was taken for an interview and admitted he had purchased the laptop six weeks before.

Mr Oakley said it was the second time Cracknell had breached the order, as on November 3 last year, he was given an internet enabled mobile telephone which he used as his own for a week.