July 2019

Larkfield sex offender hid laptop behind toilet

A sex offender who hid a laptop with 1,000 indecent images of children on behind a toilet has been jailed.

In March police were called to an address in Larkfield where Russell Hogg had been staying, following a report the device had been discovered by people trying to fix a broken toilet.

Hogg, 59, had previously pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs of children, Kent Police said.

He was jailed for two and a half years at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.

He will remain on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

When Hogg was arrested he was found to have breached the terms of a sexual harm prevention order, relating to previous offences and which restricted his use of electronic devices.

During his initial police interview he admitted using the laptop, which was hidden behind a wooden panel, but denied it was his, claiming it belonged to a deceased uncle.

Hogg also denied carrying out any searches relating to indecent images, police said.

During a subsequent hearing he admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order and making indecent photographs of children.

January 2018

Sex offender jailed after indecent images found on laptop

A convicted sex offender who claimed he had bought a laptop full of indecent images while on a skiing holiday in France has been sentenced to a further 12 months in prison.

Russell Hogg, from Larkfield, had been subject to a sexual offences prevention order, when in February 2017 he was arrested for breaching the terms of it. This led to him being sentenced in April that year to two years in prison.

While the 57-year-old was serving this sentence officers continued to investigate his activities and this included carrying out a forensic examination of his computers.

This led to the discovery he had been using a laptop to download hundreds of illegal images. Hogg told police he downloaded the images onto a hard drive so he could return to France and hand it over to investigators. 

In total, the laptop as well as a hard drive, were linked to more than 5,000 indecent images. Some of these were classed as Category A, the most serious.

As a result Hogg, formerly of Marlowe Road was charged with a further five offences – three of making indecent images of children and two charges of possessing indecent images of children.

At Maidstone Crown Court Hogg pleaded guilty to all the charges and was sentenced to another year in prison.

November 2010

Pervert downloaded 19,000 indecent images

A sex offender said to live “a manipulative and predatory lifestyle” has been jailed for his second offence of downloading child sex abuse images from the internet.

Russell Hogg was sentenced to nine months in 2005 under an extended sentence in which he was on licence for a further three years.

The offence involved 19,000 indecent images.

Now, the 50-year-old lorry driver, of Marlowe Road, Larkfield, has been jailed for 15 months for a similar offence.

Maidstone Crown Court heard yesterday it was discovered after he got into an argument with another HGV driver.

He went to his cab, grabbed a CS gas spray and discharged it into the other driver’s face.

Anne Phillips, prosecuting, said the police were called and Hogg was arrested. His home was searched and a laptop computer was found under his bed. Another was also seized.

When he was arrested previously, the computers had been taken by police and wiped clean before being returned to his mother on the understanding he was not to have access to them.

Mrs Phillips said the computers were checked again and found to have over 100 indecent images of children on them. He used search words such as “Lolita”.

Hogg had also failed to disclose his criminal record on an application form for work as an HGV driver.

The prosecutor said Hogg committed an offence of indecency in 1974 and had a conviction in Austria in 2002 for endangering the moral health of children.

He was in breach of a sexual offences prevention order by going into a park in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, and staring at children. Police arrived found a laptop computer and two cameras in his car.

Hogg was jailed for four months in 2006 for racially aggravated threatening words and behaviour.

Judge Jeremy Gold QC told Hogg, who admitted making indecent images of children and fraud, he was not in the least surprised a probation officer concluded he lacked empathy for his victims and he was regarded as a high risk to children.

Hogg was jailed for 12 months for the downloading offence and three months consecutive for fraud.