December 2018

Paedophile who is ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’ is jailed

A SERIAL paedophile who masqueraded as a 14-year-old boy to groom a young girl into engaging in sexual acts online has been jailed for a string of sexual offences.

Andrew Toon, 32, of no fixed abode, used an iPad to contact a 12-year-old girl who had the “gross misfortune to have crossed paths with him”, Durham Crown Court was told.

During interviews with police, he also admitted sending indecent images via Skype and chatting to underage girls online, urging them to perform sex acts on themselves.

Passing sentence Judge Jonathan Carroll said: “You were able to contact her because you had an iPad which you had not declared to police as required under an existing sexual harm prevent order.

“With a significant degree of planning you set about finding a child for your own personal sexual gratification.

“I have listened to extremely moving and emotional personal victim statement in which the victim has set out with remarkable clarity the harm that she has suffered.

“Her mother spoke of you as every parent’s worst nightmare. I can only agree.

“Bearing in mind your many previous convictions, you are a persistent determined serial paedophile and in my judgement you remain a sexually dangerous man.”

Toon pleaded guilty to nine counts, including causing a child under the age of 13 years to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity in the presence of a child, possessing and making indecent images and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

He was jailed for 12 years with a six-year extended licence and made subject of an indefinite sexual harm order.

In 2016, he received a suspended sentence after he admitted 16 counts of making an indecent image of a child, one of possession and two of distribution of such material.

He also admitted two counts each of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity with a child, plus one of possession of extreme pornography.

October 2018

Chester-le-Street man persuaded girls to perform sex acts

AN offender who enticed young girls to perform sex acts on themselves in online “chats” has admitted further similar charges five years after his initial conviction.

Andrew Robert Toon was said to have developed an “abnormal” pornographic interest after initially viewing adult material on his home computer, while drinking, when his original case came before Durham Crown Court, in November 2013.

The court was told he began to access indecent images of children and extreme pornography, while also taking part in illicit social media activity with underage girls.

Toon came clean when Durham Police visited his Chester-le-Street home, after a tip off by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CYOP), in December, 2012.

The indecent child images were loaded onto a software holding site and were traced to his computer.

It was seized and found to contain 196 indecent images featuring children, plus 77 extreme pornographic scenes, featuring acts of bestiality.

During interviews with police, he also admitted sending indecent images via Skype and chatting to underage girls online, urging them to perform sex acts on themselves.

He admitted charges relating to both the indecent images of a child as well as causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Following defence representations urging to enable him to undergo sex offender treatment in the community, Toon was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years.

But, he was also made subject of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order and registration as a sex offender, for seven years.

On his return to court, almost five years since that conviction, the now 32-year-old defendant, of Wynyard, Chester-le-Street, admitted two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, in each case the victim being aged 12.

Toon also admitted possessing and making indecent images of a child, and possessing extreme pornography, plus breaching the 2013 Sexual Offences Prevention Order by contacting a child having accessed social media networks on the internet.

Having put in his pleas, Toon’s counsel, Yvonne Taylor, said: “Certain disclosures have been made to those instructing me and we feel there’s a need for a psychiatric report.”

Judge Christopher Prince agreed and adjourned the case until December 21, remanding the defendant to remain custody until then.

April 2016

Pervert’s “abnormal interest” in indecent images of children and extreme pornography

A MAN with “abnormal” liking for pornographic images featuring children and others with animals admitted enticing young girls to perform sex acts on themselves in intimate online “chats”.

Andrew Robert Toon came clean when police visited his home in Chester-le-Street, after a tip off by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CYOP), last December.

Durham Crown Court heard that indecent images of children loaded onto a software holding site were traced to Toon’s computer.

Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, said his computer was seized and was found to contain 196 indecent images featuring children, plus 77 extreme pornographic scenes of women and dogs.

But, over the course of two interviews with police, he also admitted sending indecent images via Skype and chatting to underage girls online urging them to perform sex acts on themselves.

Toon, 27, of Wynyard, Chester-le-Street, admitted 16 counts of making an indecent image of a child, one of possession and two of distribution of such material.

He also admitted two counts each of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity with a child, plus one of possession of extreme pornography.

Tony Davis, for Toon, told the court: “He was almost glad to be caught, recognising if not for CYOP’s intervention this behaviour would have continued.

“It developed at a time when he was suffering depression after he split up with his girlfriend.

“He was out of work, and started taking alcohol and looking at adult pornography websites on a daily basis. It escalated from there.”

Mr Davis urged Judge Guy Whitburn against imposing an immediate prison sentence as Toon could be given necessary sex offender treatment by the Probation Service in the community.

Judge Whitburn imposed two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, and made Toon subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and registration as a sex offender, for seven years.