November 2018

‘Let there be no mistake – each and every indecent image of a child is an image of child abuse’

A paedophile who carried out a string of child sex offences has been jailed for 10 years as a judge told him his thinking was ‘perverted and distorted’.

John Paul Evans, 52, had previously admitted 21 charges including sexual offences against two underage girls, making almost 20,000 child abuse images and distributing the same sickening material.

Now he is facing a lengthy jail term after Judge Peter Armstrong told him he had deceived his victims to satisfy his “perverted and distorted” way of thinking.

He was jailed for 10 years at a sentencing hearing at Teesside Crown Court on Friday – five of which he will serve behind bars.

Speaking after the hearing Cleveland Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team Investigator Shaun Storey revealed how Evans was arrested in autumn 2017 after his then home address in Billingham was searched under warrant

He said: “Months of painstaking investigation began immediately, including forensic examination of several electronic devices we had seized from Evans’ home.

“These devices revealed over 3,000 communications to victims across the world – where Evans usually pretended to be a 19-year-old man.

“They also contained the most appalling images of child abuse and extreme pornography.

“Some of the images he gathered from his victims had been distributed to others.

“In October this year, the Crown Prosecution Service authorised 21 charges of inciting sexual activity in a child under 13, sexual communications with a child and making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

“Let there be no mistake – each and every indecent image of a child is an image of child abuse.

“Perpetrators have no concern for the suffering and degradation they cause victims.”

He said the case centred round two victims Evans had groomed online.

“One victim was just 11 years old when the communications and abuse online started, and the other was 15,” he said.

Evans, now of Toft Hill, Bishop Auckland, who had no previous convictions, admitted eight sexual offences against one pre-teenage girl during a hearing at Teesside Crown Court earlier this month.

He admitted two counts of causing another girl under 16 to watch a sexual act and one of engaging in sexual communication with her.

And he also admitted 10 charges over illegal images obtained online.

He made indecent photographs of children – 19,313 images including 2,973 pictures at the most serious level – on an iPhone, Macbook and hard drive.

He distributed 114 of such images via similar storage media.

He possessed 10 prohibited “cartoon” images of children and an extreme pornographic image.

The 21 offences were committed in the Billingham area and spanned a six-year time period between 2011 and 2017.

November 2018

Man caught with 20,000 child abuse images carried out sex offences against two girls

A pervert is behind bars today after he admitted a catalogue of child sex offences.

John Paul Evans, 52, pleaded guilty to 21 charges including sexual offences against two underage girls, making almost 20,000 child abuse images and distributing the same sickening material.

Evans, formerly of Billingham, admitted eight sexual offences against one pre-teenage girl during a hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

He admitted four counts of causing her to engage in sexual activity, three of causing her to watch a sexual act and one of possessing 16 indecent photographs of her.

He admitted two counts of causing another girl under 16 to watch a sexual act and one of engaging in sexual communication with her.

Finally he pleaded guilty to 10 charges over illegal images obtained online.

He made indecent photographs of children – 19,313 images including 2,973 pictures at the most serious level – on an iPhone, Macbook and hard drive.

He distributed 114 of such images via similar storage media.

He possessed 10 prohibited “cartoon” images of children and an extreme pornographic image.

The 21 offences were committed in the Billingham area and spanned a six-year time period between 2011 and 2017.

Duncan McReddie, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, saying Evans had no previous convictions.

The case was adjourned to a 90-minute sentencing hearing on November 30.

Evans, of Toft Hill, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, had been on unconditional bail until this point.

But prosecutor Rupert Doswell asked the court to consider remanding him in custody.

He said the defendant had not come to court days earlier because he had taken an overdose trying to take his own life and been hospitalised.

“The Crown have real concerns about any future risk, presently to himself,” added Mr Doswell.

Judge Stephen Ashurst said: “I acknowledge the defendant has been released under investigation, I think for the best part of a year, and he has attended and entered guilty pleas.

“But, given the extremely serious nature of the offending, particularly the age of those involved, it’s difficult for me to contemplate any sentence other than a significant custodial sentence.

“It may well be that a remand at this stage would be in the defendant’s own interests.”

He said Evans had admitted 21 offences of “serious sexual behaviour” including obtaining, exchanging and distributing indecent images over the internet, and would be given credit for his guilty pleas.

He remanded Evans in custody until sentencing for a report to consider his background, mitigation and future risk.

He told the defendant: “In view of your current situation and everything I’ve read about you recently, to grant you bail at this stage would be to offer you nothing other than false hope.”