March 2019

Paedophile deleted internet history as he was ’embarrassed’ to have looked at adult porn

A paedophile jailed for possessing sick pictures of children told police he deleted his internet history as he was “embarrassed” to have looked at adults having sex.

Pensioner Graham Briggs was sentenced to 30 months in jail for possession of indecent images.

As a result of the 2012 conviction, he was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

But the 68-year-old was arrested after breaching it by deleting his history – which the order bars him from doing.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard he admitted the breach instantly when police found “significantly less” browser history than they’d expected on his mobile.

But subsequent checks revealed that he had not tried hiding illegal activity.

“He was embarrassed as he had been viewing legal pornography,” said his solicitor Richard Rodger, mitigating. 

The Gateshead sex offender faced another prison stint for the breach.

But magistrates instead handed him 100 hours of unpaid work for the first breach after being told he had “made progress” since his release.

Due to that conviction, a check was carried out every six months on his devices.

It was during a January 4 search at his Bramwell Court home, in Teams, where the breach was identifed.

“He said to them on the doorstep practically, yes – I’ve deleted my internet history,” added Mr Rodger.

“He’s been embarrassed – he’s been, quite frankly, afraid of what might happen.”

Briggs admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order

Magistrates ordered Briggs to pay £85 costs and an £85 charge.