A registered sex offender who breached his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) by continuing to make and distribute indecent images of children, has been jailed for three years.
Michael Rosenthal, 66, of Ford Lane, Roxton, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images and three counts of distributing indecent images during an appearance at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday (3 December).
He was previously convicted of similar offences in 2007 and was made the subject of a SHPO, which prevented him from accessing any online forums relating to children under the age of 16.
He was managed by Bedfordshire Police’s Offender Management Unit, and officers would check his devices on a regular basis.
After receiving information that someone at his address was sharing indecent images using peer-to-peer file sharing software, officers executed a warrant and seized a number of computers and storage devices, including a laptop that he had been hiding.
More than 70 videos and still images were found; ranging from the more serious category A to category B. Rosenthal was arrested and charged with the offences.
Sex offender jailed for re-offending – Roxton
A routine police check on known sex offender Michael Rosenthal revealed that he had once again been viewing and downloading images of child sex abuse.
A judge told him: “It was hoped that with assistance you would mend your ways and resist the temptation to look at this material but you failed.”
Rosenthal, 59, pleaded guilty to nineteen charges in relation to making and possessing the indecent images and one charge of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).
He was jailed for eight months at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 13 April 2012.
John Carmichael, for the Crown Prosecution Service said Rosenthal had been given a community order by magistrates in March 2007 for fifteen charges of making indecent photographs of a child. As part of the order he attended a sex offender’s rehabilitation course and also had to sign the sex offender’s register.
He was also made subject to the SOPO indefinitely, one condition of which was not to access web sites or chat rooms relating to children under 16.
The prosecutor said that on 02 June last year police went to his home in Ford Lane, Roxton to carry out a routine check on him. They saw a computer there and when it was examined it revealed 563 sexual images of children. There was also evidence that he had been visiting web sites with titles such as ‘Tiny Teens’ and ‘Little Models’.
He claimed the pictures had been downloaded while he viewed pictures of celebrities.
Robert English, defending said; “Mr Rosenthal cuts a rather sad and pathetic figure, who is isolated and has few friends.
“He did the sex offender’s course and did his best to overcome his urges, but it is like a drug addiction and it is not simple to break away.”
Judge David Farrell QC said: “The course you attended seemed to be a success until the early part of last year when you could not avoid the temptation and returned to doing what you had been doing before.
“Those who view this type of material are furthering the abuse of children and in my opinion the time has come to punish you and you will have to go to prison.”