August 2019

Legging fetish paedophile took just six months to breach internet ban

A pervert who repeatedly targeted 12 and 13-year-old girls on social media took just eight months to breach a sexual harm prevention order barring him from accessing the internet.

Back in January Cornwall Live reported how Christopher Archer, 24, of Mousehole near Penzance , narrowly escaped a prison sentence for breaching a pre-existing sexual harm prevention order by contacting four young girls on the social media app Instagram, engaging them in sexual conversation about thongs and leggings and things he wanted to do to them.

Repeat offender Archer was given a three-year community order and a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was told he must also abide by a stringent order which prevents him from having any device with access to the internet, using a phone at all unless in exceptional circumstances and communicating with any child under 16 unless in the presence of an adult aware of his convictions.

Eight months later and Archer was once again brought to the dock at Truro Crown Court from HMP Exeter having previously admitting a breach of the latest sexual harm prevention order.

Prosecuting barrister Ramsay Quaife told the court how earlier this month Archer was arrested after messaging a man on Facebook to ask about his car. The man then spoke to a friend who had worked with Archer and was aware of his internet ban.

The police were then called and it was established that a Facebook profile linked to Archer had been accessed 14 times in June.

A search of Archer’s address found a Kindle Fire and Nokia mobile phone both hidden and fully charged.

At first Archer denied sending the messages, instead pointing the finger at others but eventually came clean to interviewing police officers.

It was at this stage in the proceedings that Judge Simon Carr interrupted Mr Quaife and Archer’s legal representative Robin Smith, saying that although Archer had committed a deliberate breach of the terms of the order, a recent Court of Appeal case ruled that any complete ban on internet use was unjust and unworkable.

Mr Smith then described Archer as “a clearly very troubled young man”, adding that although he is 24, he operated at an age much younger than that.

Sentencing Archer, Judge Carr said he offers “a very real threat to children” but the terms of the order were not appropriate for a 24-year-old, making the breach inevitable.

He added: “You breached the order by accessing the internet to talk about cars and you knew full well the restriction was in place because of the risk you pose to children.”

Judge Carr said that although he hadn’t been entirely honest with police he believes Archer’s risk could be managed without a complete ban on accessing the internet.

He then outlined the terms of a new order that requires Archer to notify police of any electronic devices in his possession. He is also not allowed to hide or delete internet history and must make his devices available to officers for inspection.

Judge Carr added: “If you comply with these terms then the use of the internet for everyday use is acceptable.”

Judge Carr concluding that Archer either adhered to the new terms of the sexual harm prevention order, is honest about his feelings and gets help or he will spend the majority of his adult life in prison.

He was given a new six months prison sentence, suspended for two years to run alongside the community order.

January 2019

Pervert with legging fetish sent ‘extremely sexual’ messages to girls of 12 and 13 on Instagram

A pervert for whom numerous arrests acted as no deterrent to messaging 12 and 13-year-old girls on Instagram has narrowly escaped a jail sentence.

Christopher Archer, 23, breached a pre-existing sexual harm prevention order by contacting four young girls on the social media app, engaging them in sexual conversation about thongs and leggings.

Archer, of St Buryan near Penzance, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence after previously admitting five counts of breaching the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and three sexual communication with a child charges.

All of the offences took place between June and November last year.

Archer was brought to the court from HMP Exeter where he was being remanded in custody.

Prosecuting barrister Philip Lee told the court how in 2015 Archer had been convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a child for inciting a 12-year-old girl to take indecent photographs.

As a result he was given a suspended sentence and made subject of the Sexual Harm Prevention Order that prevented him from contacting any female child under 16.

Mr Lee said: “It was late June/early July when the defendant messaged a girl he knew to be 13 years old on Instagram. The message was clearly sexual, asking if she was wearing leggings.

“He also sent her messages saying she was ‘very beautiful’ and ‘fit as hell’, as well as asking if she was single. The messages were persistent and she made it clear she was only 13.

“Then, in early August, he made contact with another 13-year-old girl on Instagram asking if she liked to wear see-through leggings and if she wore thongs. Again the girl disclosed her age.

“As a result of his contact with this girl one of her friend’s contacted the defendant asking him to stop. He then sexualised the conversation and asked how see-through her leggings were and if he could see her thong. She was then lured to extremely explicit sexual exchanges.”

Mr Lee described how Archer told the girl the sexual acts he’d like to conduct with her and that he lied about his age.

It was this girl’s mother who noticed the messages and confronted Archer on Instagram, forwarding the messages to the police.

Archer admitted the offences to officers but told them that he’d never act out his fantasies.

Mr Lee said: “The police arrested the defendant and released him under investigation but in September there was further contact with another girl aged 13. Her age was clear from her profile and he questioned her about see-through leggings and asked if she’d like to meet up.

“There was another visit from police on November 16 when Archer tried to run from them and hide his phone but later that evening he was back on Instagram sending a girl further messages.

“All of the girls were aged 13 apart from one who was 12. When he was arrested the final time he admitted hiding his phone and SIM card and having multiple social media accounts.

“It was persistent offending during which period the defendant was arrested and released on at least two occasions.”

Sentencing Archer, Judge Robert Linford said: “You are 23 but from the reports I’ve read all say you operate at a mental age well below that and that may be the reason you are attracted to girls of 12 and 13.

“In 2015 you were made the subject of an order to keep you away from people below 16. A judge thought that you posed a danger to people below that age and she was right, you do.

“You made repeated contact with young girls using Instagram and the messages were sexualised and highly distressing for the girls and their parents.

“You were caught, arrested, interviewed and released under investigation but not withstanding you were at it again. These were persistent and deliberate breaches of your order.

“You lied to people and the reports describe you as deceitful and manipulative. One would have thought when you were arrested you would have seen the error in your ways.”

Judge Linford went on to touch on Archer’s IQ and a detailed package proposed to allow his parents carefully monitor his behaviour at all times.

Judge Linford addressed Archer telling him that it was his “last chance”.

Archer was given a three-year community order and a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He must also abide by a more stringent order which prevents him from having any device with access to the internet, using a phone at all unless in exceptional circumstances and communicating with any child under 16 unless in the presence of an adult aware of his convictions.

Judge Linford said that blowing his last chance will result in at least two years in prison.

December 2015

West Cornwall man encouraged girl, 12, to send naked pictures

A West Cornwall man convinced a 12-year-old girl to send him naked pictures of herself.

Christopher Archer, 20, of St Buryan, communicated with the girl on Facebook, Truro Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

Lee Bremridge, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the offences were discovered after concerns were raised about the sexual nature of comments Archer had been making on the social networking site.

Of the messages between him and the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, Mr Bremridge said: “At first there was nothing sexual or dirty in the messages that were being exchanged between them.

“She described how Christopher would send her messages asking ‘can I kiss all of you?’Asking for naked images.

“She told the police that she too had sent dirty messages back to Christopher but denied sending or receiving any photos.”

Mr Bremridge said further examination of the material revealed this denial to be untrue.

“It was obvious that photos had been sent or received and that Christopher had initiated her to do that,” he said.

The court heard Archer had been examined by a clinical psychologist who diagnosed him with a learning disability and low IQ.

Mr Bremridge said: “[He has] problems knowing the boundaries of relationships both socially and sexually.”

At an earlier hearing, Archer pleaded guilty to two counts of causing or inciting a child aged under-13, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard he had been cautioned in July – about a month prior to this offence – for sexual assault.

Robin Smith, for the defence, said Archer had suffered extreme abuse as a baby before being taken into care and then adopted.

Mr Smith said the abuse had a significant impact on his emotional and behavioural development and that he operated at the level of an early teen.

Sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said everything must be done to prevent Archer from offending again in the future.

He was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution suspended for 12 months and ordered to be under the supervision of the probation service for the same period.

Archer was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and told to sign the sex offenders’ register.