December 2009

Jail for Weymouth paedophile who took pictures

A PAEDOPHILE who secretly took indecent pictures of a teenage girl has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Andrew Charles Moisan, 46, was sentenced at Dorchester Crown Court for 24 sex offences, which left his victim mentally scarred and suffering from nightmares.

Moisan, of Goldcroft Road, Weymouth, admitted three charges of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault and 20 charges of making indecent images of children, which relate to more than 500 images and movies.

Desmond Duffy, prosecuting, told Dorchester Crown Court the assault charges related to Moisan rearranging a teenage girl’sclothing to take photographs in 2003 and 2005, with Moisan accepting ‘he may have inadvertently touched her breasts’.

He added: “The defendant accepts the rearranging of her clothing was acting without her consent.”

Mr Duffy said the indecent images were discovered in March last year when Moisan’s then wife Kamala, who had been suspicious of his computer use, searched his laptop bag and found a CD.

He said: “She viewed it and discovered a slide show containing girls she thought were 15 or 16 years old, the girls were naked.

“She looked further and found images of girls who she thought were younger than 15 or 16.”

Moisan’s wife reported it to the police, who seized his laptop and a desktop computer from his then home in Portland and another computer from Bovington Army Camp, where he worked as a dog handler, as well as a camera, CDs and disks.

Mr Duffy said police analysis of the material revealed a total of 509 indecent images and films, of which 280 featured the same girl who was the victim of the assaults.

He said one of the photos showed a hand on the girl’s breasts, which Moisan admitted in police interview was his hand.

Mr Duffy read a statement from the victim, in which she said she was still suffering from the effects of Moisan’s abuse – which first occurred when she was just 14.

She said: “I have terrible nightmares and wake up in a panic.

“I find it very difficult to trust anyone and I think that is a direct result of how he abused me.”

She added: “It is going to be a long time before I can feel really safe and confident again.”

Tim Shorter, mitigating, said Moisan acknowledged the damaging impact these offences had on the victim, but said the defendant’s life had also been ‘ruined’ since his offending had become public. He also asked the judge to take into account his client’s admissions to police and early guilty plea.

Victim ‘scarred’ by ordeal

JUDGE Christopher Harvey Clark labelled Moisan a ‘disgusting’ and ‘repulsive’ paedophile as he passed sentence.

The judge told the defendant: “You are a paedophile.

“You gained sexual gratification from looking at indecent pictures and films of young girls.

“Your computer was seized and on it was found sexually explicit pictures of girls as young as ten years old.”

Judge Harvey Clark, who also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for an indefinite period, said the victim in the case had been understandably scarred by Moisan’s behaviour.

He said: “I find it very difficult to put into words how your covert behaviour must seem to any ordinary person.

“Words like repulsive, disgusting and deceitful come to my mind.”

The judge added: “I have little doubt that the shame of your public exposure will last with you for a very long time.”

Lead officer in the case Detective Constable Natasha Lawrence, from the Weymouth Child Abuse Investigation Team, welcomed the sentence and praised the courage of the victim.

She said: “This has been a lengthy and complex case and I am very pleased that we have brought this defendant to justice.

“I want to pay special thanks to the victim who has been incredibly brave.

“We will do all we can to prevent abuse of children.”