August 2010

Shock as long lost son turns out to be paedophile

A FAMILY reunion turned into a nightmare for a Poole couple when they discovered that their long-lost son was a convicted paedophile.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard how 28-year-old Daniel Joslin, who was fostered as a baby, had used the internet to track down his biological parents.

After finding the unsuspecting couple through the Facebook social networking site Joslin gave them a false name.

Prosecuting at Bournemouth Crown Court, Simon Jones said: “An arrangement was made for the defendant to visit their home address on October 16 last year.”

During his stay Joslin from Crawley Green Road, Luton used a computer belonging to the couple’s teenage daughter to download three indecent images and two movies featuring young girls. The shocked teenager alerted her father after viewing the obscene material.

Mr Jones added: “It was only when an enquiry was made on a website search engine that they became aware that their son was a sex offender.”

The court heard how Joslin, who tried to shift the blame to the teenager following his arrest, had a conviction in 2005 for indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 16. Joslin admitted five offences of making indecent images and one count of failing to surrender to custody.

In his defence the court heard that he had entered early guilty pleas and had not sought out “random individuals”.

Joslin had not shared the images but simply viewed them for a short time, not realising how young the children featured in the images and movies would be.

After finding his biological family he had now “burnt his bridges with them” and did not expect their forgiveness.

Judge John Beashel jailed Joslin for nine months and imposed a sexual offences prevention order banning him from working with children, accessing the internet and having contact with anyone aged under 18. Joslin will be a registered sex offender for 10 years.