September 2015

Dangerous convicted paedophile caught with child abuse images

A DANGEROUS paedophile has been returned to prison after indecent images of children were found on his mobile phone during a police check at his West Yorkshire home.

David Jefferson, 62, was arrested after photographs of young girls were found on his phone when officers went to his home on Ivy Lane, Eastmoor, Wakefield, on August 10 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Jefferson was out of prison and subject to licence conditions for the rest of his life after being convicted of serious sexual offences in 2006.

Officers made the discovery as they carried out a routine check at his home.

Jefferson immediately admitted responsibility for accessing the images.

He pleaded guilty to one offence of making indecent photographs of children.

Mark McKone, mitigating, asked that Jefferson be given credit for his early guilty plea.

He said his client had been recalled to prison after his arrest and has remained in custody.

Recorder Tony Hawks imposed a four month sentence for the offence but warned Jefferson he would now remain in jail for much longer because of his repeated sexual offending.

He said: “You have plainly got a serious problem in relation to a predilection towards sexual offences with children.

He added: “It is going to be a matter for the parole board in due course to decide if and when and on precisely what conditions you can be released into the community.”

Jefferson was working as a security guard when he showered gifts on a 12-year-old girl as he groomed her for sex.

A court heard how he “slowly but surely reeled her into his net” before he sexually assaulted her during a three-month relationship.

Jefferson, who also had a previous conviction for having sex with a 15-year-old girl, was given an indeterminate sentence to protect the public and told he must serve a minimum of four years in custody.

July 2006

Pervert jailed for grooming girl, 12, for sex

A perverted security guard showered gifts on a 12-year-old girl as he groomed her for sex.

David Jefferson, 53, “slowly but surely reeled her into his net” before he sexually assaulted her during a three-month relationship, Bradford Crown Court was told.

Jefferson, who had a previous conviction for having sex with a 15-year-old girl, was jailed for four years to protect the public yesterday. Sentencing him Judge Roger Scott said: “It is highly unlikely that you will be released for many, many years.

“When you are released, you will be on licence for many, many years.”

Judge Scott added that his “very draconian sentence” would affect Jefferson for the rest of his life.

Jefferson, of Calderstone Avenue, Buttershaw, Bradford, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual grooming and one each of sexual assault, engaging in sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to participate in sexual activity.

He was placed on both the Sexual Offenders’ Register and a Sexual Offenders’ Prevention Order for life.

After hearing of Jefferson’s previous conviction in 1992 of having unlawful intercourse with a girl whom he had first met when she was 12, Judge Scott referred to the latest offences as “a reprise”.

He added: “I have no doubt that as soon as your eyes lit upon her you decided this was going to be another episode with a young girl.

“You wrote what I regard as quite disgusting letters to her, but to a 12-year-old they must have been quite wonderful. You gave her two necklaces, which I find disturbing as well.

“You had in mind, plainly, having intercourse with this child but you were playing a long game. You were reeling her in, slowly but surely, into your little net.

“I hope you have learned something from this matter, but I rather doubt it. I take the view that once a paedophile, always a paedophile.”

Michael Wrigglesworth, prosecuting, said the relationship began in December last year and lasted until March, when letters from Jefferson, plus a photograph of him, were found in the girl’s bedroom.

Mr Wrigglesworth said: “The letters were somewhat infantile there was a lot of talk about them being together forever once she was 16 and specific references to sexual intercourse before she was 16, with the defendant expressing the belief that she was old enough to have sex with him.

“A number of CDs were lent to her by the defendant, who also bought her two necklaces and a teddy bear on or around Valentine’s Day.”

Text messages were also exchanged, said Mr Wrigglesworth.

When matters came to light, the girl who cannot be identified for legal reasons left her home and got into Jefferson’s car and they drove away.

She was away for some time and while in the car Jefferson sexually assaulted her.

After she returned, her parents contacted the police.

Jefferson, married with five children, told officers that he and the girl had secretly met on “ten or 20 occasions” and he had been “stupid”.

Simon Myers, for Jefferson, said his client had raised his children without any suggestion of mistreatment or harm to them.

He was now “a broken man” and would find custody hard, as he was separated from his family and alone with no one to visit him in prison.