May 2019

Loughton paedophile who didn’t have sex until he was 37 caught hoarding thousands of indecent images of children

A paedophile who didn’t have sex until he was 37 years old has been caught hoarding almost 2,000 indecent images of children.

Jeffrey Cox, 76, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today (Monday, May 20), where he admitted three counts of making indecent images of children.

The pensioner, from Stonards Hill in Loughton, admitted collecting almost 2,000 photos and videos on or before September 19 last year.

Prosecuting lawyer Ashley Petchey told the court how one still image, in the most serious bracket of category A, one moving category A image, five still category B images, 10 moving category B images, 210 still category C images and 1,718 moving category C images were found on Cox’s device.

The youngest child depicted in these was of toddler age with three-year-olds also depicted. The eldest was between 12 and 13.

Cox has no previous convictions but has a caution in 2004 for possession of indecent images of children.

During his hearing, a member of probation told the court how he had a difficult childhood growing up with his parents and didn’t have sex until he was 37 years old.

“He’s a man of 76 but he didn’t have his first intimate experience until he was 37 years old,” a member of the probation service told the court.

“There are a number of mitigating circumstances. He gave full and frank admissions to police and at my interview and he has pleaded guilty today.

“He has a number of stable factors in his life, he has a relationship of 32 years which will remain stable still. He has secure accommodation, no debts, takes no alcohol or drugs and never had any psychiatric treatment apart from seeing a counsellor in 2004 after his caution.

“His sexual relationship ended around six years ago.

“He knows what’s right and he knows what’s wrong. He said he’s rather glad this is happened, glad he got caught.”

Chair of the bench, Kerri Mansfield, decided the case was too serious to be dealt with at the magistrates’ court and sent the case to be heard at Chelmsford Crown Court on June 17 for sentence.

Cox was released on unconditional bail to attend court next month.