November 2018

Child sex offender from Bradford is jailed

A convicted child sex offender who hid two phones behind his bath panel when the police arrived to search his home has been jailed for ten weeks.

Aaron Hanley, 32, was in possession of four iPhones and a laptop computer in breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed at Bradford Crown Court for making indecent images of children.

Hanley, of Peckover Street, Little Germany, Bradford, had failed to register the devices with the police, prosecutor Philip Adams said on Monday.

He had also failed to comply with the notification requirements of being a registered sex offender by failing to turn up at a police station on September 28.

Hanley, who pleaded guilty to both offences, was remanded in custody to the crown court for sentence by Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court.

In 2006, he was sent to a young offender institution for 15 months for three offences of sexual activity with a child, the court was told.

Ten years later, he was sentenced to a community order for making indecent images of children, and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was made without limit of time.

Mr Adams said the order compelled Hanley to register any device he owned or leased that was capable of internet access with the police.

When he was arrested and his home searched, the police found two of the four phones hidden behind a bath panel. There was no incriminating material on any of the phones or the computer.

Recorder Ben Nolan QC said that Hanley had been in custody on remand for five weeks and so would be freed from the ten-week sentence immediately or very soon.