November 2019

How setting up eBay account to buy Fifa packs landed this paedophile in court

A paedophile landed himself back in front of a judge after he set up an eBay account so he could buy Fifa packs.

David Thompson appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday after breaching notification requirements he was made subject to after being found in possession of thousands of indecent images.

The 54-year-old was in possession of the sickening images when police officers raided his Lingdale home on June 26 and 27, last year.

The images, which also included extreme animal pornography, were found on 11 devices he owned.

He was given a 16 month prison sentence, suspended for two years in March and was made subject to a 10 year sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

But on January 24, weeks before he was sentenced, Thompson, now of Roscoe Street, Middlesbrough, failed to register an “alias name” he had created on eBay.

Because of the breach, Thompson appeared at the crown court this week in a deferred sentencing – but was given a conditional discharge due to the circumstances surrounding it.

Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, said the offence “pre-dates the suspended sentence order” he received in March.

A probation officer told judge Stephen Ashurst that Thompson had attended “22 of 23 Horizon classes” – a programme that is delivered to men considered to be at a medium, high or very high risk of re-offending, who have committed a sexual offence.

They added he had been responding well to the programme and working well with the probation team.

Granting him a conditional discharge, judge Ashurst said Thompson had admitted the breach early on and that it was an “oversight rather than a deliberate breach.”

He added that Thompson is still “subject to a suspended sentence until March 2021”.

March 2019

Paedophile avoids prison despite being found with hoard of nearly 16,000 sickening child abuse images

A paedophile has avoided being sent straight to jail despite being found with a hoard of nearly 16,000 sickening child abuse images that showed youngsters in “physical pain” being raped or sexually abused

David Thompson was in possession of thousands of indecent images when police officers raided his Lingdale home on June 26 and 27, last year.

The images, which also included extreme animal pornography, were found on 11 devices the 52-year-old owned.

In total, 1,358 of the horrific images were in the most serious category, a further 995 images were in Category B, and 12,099 in Category C.

Thompson admitted three counts of making indecent images of a child at a previous hearing and appeared for sentence at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday.

Judge Peter Armstrong said Thompson, who lives a “lonely existence” was “addicted to looking at the images for a long time” and was “unable to work”.

“One thing led to another and that led to you looking at these disgusting images”, he said.

“Images of very young children clearly in physical pain, a high number of which were moving images.

“You have indicated that you have a problem, namely that you have an unhealthy interest in looking at these images.”

Judge Armstrong said that when challenged over the “extreme images” Thompson was “very frank with police”.

Thompson, of High Street, Lingdale, was given a 16 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also made subject to a 10 year sexual offences prevention order and must carry out 30 rehabilitation days which will involve a sex offender programme.