January 2019

Twisted paedophile handed 19 year sentence for raping little girl

A paedophile reconnected with an old friend so that he could go on to film himself abusing her young daughter.

David Carroll who had already served time for being in possession of indecent images of children, wormed his way back into the life of the old companion before going on to perform the sick act on the child.

When asked why he had been to prison, Carroll, 28, told her it was “for computers and hacking”.

Carroll from Pengegon Parc, Camborne , appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing after previously admitting three counts of failing to comply with his notification requirements as a relevant offender, causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child, rape of a child under 13 and three counts of making indecent images of children.

Prosecuting the case, Philip Lee, said that Carroll was cautioned in 2011 for making indecent images of children and possessing prohibited images of children.

In March 2016 he was sentenced to two years in prison for similar offences and as a result subject to notification requirements on his release, as well as the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Mr Lee said: “Further concerns arose in September 2017 during a house visit by a monitoring officer. The defendant’s phone showed evidence of sexual communications with a child.

“In April 2018 there was a further visit following an allegation that the defendant was using a friend’s computer for the purposes of sexual communication with a child. When the police arrived the defendant appeared to be deleting material.

“An examination of his phone revealed not only indecent images of children but also photos of a child being abused by the user of the device taken in February 2018.

“The girl (aged under 10) being abused was the daughter of an old friend. The mother had been close with the defendant but they drifted apart.

“The defendant resumed contact with the mother after some time and told her that he went to jail for ‘computers and hacking’.

“He visited her on February 10 and stayed overnight. She had no idea of his convictions or the risk he posed to her children so he carried on visiting.”

Mr Lee then described how the defendant took 10 photos of himself abusing the child while she slept, adding “mercifully the child was asleep and unaware of what was happening”.

A victim personal statement from the mother detailed how she was physically sick when she learned what Carroll had done and has since carried a huge burden of guilt for not suspecting he had a sexual interest in children.

Mitigating on behalf of Carroll, Jon Holmes said that his only real mitigation was his early guilty plea.

Sentencing Carroll, Judge Simon Carr said: “On March 11 2016 you were sentenced to a term of prison for possession of child abuse images and extreme pornography.

“As a result there were restrictions on your behaviour and access to the internet. People checked your phone on a regular basis and on one occasion an officer was, I’m sure, horrified at the images he observed.

“You had been friends with the woman for many years but drifted apart before some time later the friendship restarted. I have no doubt a significant part of the reason was so you could have access to children.

“She was wholly unaware of your offending and the photos show an 18 minute assault on a child who appears to be asleep.

“You filmed all of this happening as you wanted to be able to relive what you had carried out. You flagrantly breached your notification requirements by staying in this woman’s house with her children.

“It is perfectly clear you have an entrenched sexual interest in children and this explains your befriending of the mother and the filming of the abuse you carried out.”

Judge Carr added that he had no hesitation to conclude that Carroll poses a significant risk to children and as a result passed an extended sentence of 19 years, consisting of 14 in custody and five on licence.

December 2018

Convicted sex offender admits rape and breaching conditions

A convicted sex offender from Cornwall has pleaded guilty to raping a child and failing to comply with his notification requirements as a sex offender.

David William Robert Carroll, 28, from Pengegon Parc in Camborne , appeared at Truro Crown Court via video-link from HMP Exeter on Tuesday (November 11).

Wearing the regulation grey prison uniform Carroll spoke to confirm his name and address before a total of 10 charges were read to him. Carroll pleaded guilty to each and charge levelled against him.

In total Carroll admitted on three occasions failing to comply with his notification requirements as a relevant offender, causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child, rape of a child under 13 and three counts of making indecent images of children.

Regarding the indecent images counts the court heard how Carroll was found in possession of two Category A images, one Category B image and two Category C images.

He will be produced at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on January 25. He will remain in Exeter prison until then.