December 2009

Man jailed for Ukraine sex abuse

A paedophile from Hampshire has been given an indeterminate jail term after admitting travelling to Eastern Europe to sexually abuse young children.

Trevor Sharpe, 50, of Goldcrest Close, Horndean, travelled to Ukraine to take photos and videos of his encounters.

The IT specialist pleaded guilty to 58 charges of abuse relating to a period between April 2005 and January 2009.

He also admitted four charges of possessing a prohibited weapon, and was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The court heard the weapons charges related to four cans of pepper spray.

Prosecutors said Sharpe drove from the UK to council estates in Ukraine, mostly in the city of Odessa, to entice children to come into his car.

Police believe he had more than 30 victims, some as young as seven and some of whom he paid.

A total of 325 photos and 78 video clips taken by Sharpe were found on his computer as well as a separate hard drive.

Another 26,443 photos and 95 video clips he had downloaded were also found.

The court heard only three of Sharpe’s victims had so far been identified from the pictures.

The charges Sharpe admitted included engaging in sexual activity in the presence of children, causing or inciting children to engage in sexual activity, sexual assault of a child under 13 and taking or making indecent images of children.

Sentencing Sharpe, Judge Richard Price said: “You are a highly-dangerous man as far as children are concerned, highly-dangerous.”

No emotion

He told Sharpe he would not be considered for release until he had served at least two years and one month.

But Mr Price stressed this was an indeterminate sentence “from [which] you will not be released until you are safe”.

“You may never be released, you may spend the rest of your life in prison.”

Sharpe was also placed on the sex offenders register for life and was banned from ever owning a computer or phone or device that can connect to the internet.

He was also banned from owning a device for taking still or video images, and was banned from having contact with children under 16.

Defence counsel Richard Onslow, said Sharpe could not explain why he had engaged in the behaviour, of which he was deeply ashamed.

He also said Sharpe had not distributed any of the material he had taken or downloaded.