November 2018

Newton Aycliffe paedophile sent child abuse video to police

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A paedophile was caught reoffending after he sent a video of a man having sex with a young girl to an undercover officer.

Daniel Price, 26, had already pleaded guilty to possessing over 1,500 images of child abuse and was awaiting sentence at Durham Crown Court.

He was contacted by a police officer using a covert email account and sent out an image of girl aged under ten being raped.

Durham Crown Court, not aware of the sting operation at the time, handed out 12 month sentence, suspended for two years, on May 18, less than two weeks after he sent the video.

On Friday, the court heard Price then began deleting his internet browsing history, something he was banned from doing by a sexual harm prevention order.

He was arrested for the video on July 17 and police found 30 more indecent images of children being abused on his mobile phone.

Price, of Biscop Crescent, Newton Aycliffe, had been using a cloud storage system, breaching the order again.

The sickening images found by police featured girls aged between five and eight years old being sexually abused.

Jon Harley, prosecuting, said: “There was visible distress caused to one of the children depicted in the images.

“It is a persistent breach. The defendant admits he had been deleting his search history for a period of weeks.

Price pleaded guilty to distributing an indecent image, possessing indecent images and two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order at a previous hearing.

Jane Foley, mitigating, said: “He is 26 years of age but he is described by the author of the pre-sentence report as naïve and immature.”

Ms Foley asked for credit for his early guilty pleas.

Judge Christopher Prince jailed him for a total of three years and eight months.

He said Price should use his time in prison to reflect on the nature of his offending.

Price will be the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order once he is released from prison.

The judge said he could expect to serve half in custody and half in the community on licence.

Judge Prince said the sentence could no longer be suspended and only an immediate term of imprisonment was appropriate.

He said: “You were given the opportunity to address your offending.

“You completely and utterly failed to do so.”

August 2018

Sex offender facing jail for flouting order

A sex offender breached an interim court order just days before he was due to be sentenced for downloading indecent images of children.

Daniel David Price came clean as soon as police called at his home address in Biscop Crescent, Newton Aycliffe, to seize his mobile phone and computer equipment, on suspicion he had been accessing such material.

Durham Crown Court heard that Prince told the officers: “I’m sorry, it was a long time ago. The indecent images, I just came across them.”

Price, then 26, admitted three counts of making indecent images and one of possessing prohibited images of children when he appeared before Newton Aycliffe magistrates, in late March.

He was sent for sentence to the crown court and made subject of interim registration as a sex offender and Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

His sentencing hearing, at the crown court on May 18, was told the store shelf stacker developed his unhealthy interest after becoming almost reclusive following an unprovoked attack in 2012.

He began to access adult pornography, but moved on to images and footage featuring children, to which he admitted he was sexually aroused.

The court was told he was “very ashamed and embarrassed” about it, but that he had been “open and honest”, having sought counselling to address his problem.

It was claimed he no longer viewed images of that type.

On that basis, Judge Christopher Prince said although such offending crossed the custody threshold, it was “of significance” that Price made immediate admissions and had taken steps to address the issue.

It resulted in a 12-month prison sentence, being suspended for two years, during which Price was ordered to engage in an accredited programme, to help overcome his predilection.

Price was also made subject of restrictions under the terms of the SHPO, as well as sex offender registration, both for ten years.

He was warned by Judge Prince that any breaches would result in him going to prison, “for a significant length of time”.

But he was back before the court today, appearing via video link from Durham Prison, having admitted breaching the interim SHPO and distributing an indecent image of a child, both on May 12, six days before the sentencing hearing.

Jonathan Harley, prosecuting, said Price made full admissions in his latest police interviews.

Judge Jonathan Carroll said the starting point for such offences appeared to be in the range of three years,

But he agreed to adjourn sentence until September 28 to enable latest examination of seized computer equipment,to be completed. Price was remanded to remain in custody.