August 2018

Man, 48, admits to three counts of having indecent images of children

A man was caught with a picture of a girl being “degraded” and must attend a course to end his crimes.

A one-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, was also imposed on John Newbold, 48, who appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.

Duncan Smith, prosecuting, said police received reports that he had downloaded “prohibited material” and searched his home. They seized a laptop and two USB ports.

“He said someone had used his computer and he followed the lead. He admitted his own searches were for 14 to 15-year-old girls,” said Mr Smith.

But one item was a movie which was in the worst category of indecent images. It involved a girl who seemed to be aged between six to eight.

Another involved “the degradation of a child,” said Mr Smith.

He told the court that Newbold was convicted of the indecent assault of a girl under 16 in 2004.

Newbold of Bancroft Lane, Mansfield was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years. He admitted three counts of having indecent images of children.

Judge James Sampson accepted that Newbold had shown remorse but said the offences were “aggravated” by the earlier conviction.

He said indecent pictures would not be made if there was nobody wanting to view them and told Newbold: “Therefore the courts quite properly regard these offences as serious and requiring a custodial sentence.”

But a probation report suggested that Newbold would benefit from intervention.

The judge added: “It is a programme designed to steer sexual offenders away from your proclivities.”