December 2020

Southend paedo used software to hide him accessing child abuse images

A convicted paedophile used software to hide his internet history so he could access indecent images of children.

The Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders (MOSOVO) team from Essex Police caught John Addy after they visited his home address in Southend.

The team carried one of the regular monitoring visit in February 2019 to ensure Addy was complying with Sex Offender Notification Requirements.

The 69-year-old’s computers and a hard drive were checked and found to contain indecent images of children.

While under investigation for these offences, a further routine monitoring visit was carried out on December 11.

Further computers and a hard drive were checked, and there was evidence Addy had used software designed to not retain his internet history. He was banned from doing this under the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

The devices were checked and found to contain indecent images.

Addy, of Carnarvon Road, Southend, went on to admit six counts of making indecent images and one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order

He was jailed for a year at Basildon Crown Court on December 3 and his computer equipment will be destroyed.

Addy was also made subject of a sexual harm prevention order for ten years and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for the same amount of time.

In 2012, Addy, then living in Kirkheaton, West Yorks was handed a three-year supervision order after he admitted 21 charges of making indecent photographs of boys and girls aged from a few months old to 14 years

April 2012

Kirkheaton man downloaded 1,300 indecent images of children including a baby girl but escapes jail

A pervert who downloaded more than 1,300 indecent images of young children on his computer has escaped a jail term.

John Addy, 61, of The Paddock, Kirkheaton, was convicted over a series of images, which included a picture of a baby girl.

Addy admitted 21 charges of making indecent photographs of boys and girls aged from a few months old to 14 years.

Most of the images were said to be of a lower, less serious grade.

Kirklees magistrates imposed a three-year supervision order and required him to attend a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

A sexual offences prevention order, which controls his access to the internet and prevents him working unsupervised with children, was also imposed.

He must also sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Mr Alex Bozman, prosecuting, told the Huddersfield court that Addy was tracked down after using a website being monitored by Croatian police.

Addy was identified in September 2009 and police later searched his home and seized computer hardware and software.

Mr Bozman said 1,335 images were found.

Addy was interviewed in April 2010 and admitted downloading the images. He denied he had any sexual interest in children.

Mr Bozman said Addy had visited the website over the course of 12 months.

Mr David Ward, for Addy, asked magistrates to follow the recommendations of a pre-sentence report and not send his client to jail.

He said Addy had a “responsible job” and was of previous good character.

Addy had been subject to the pressures of the inquiry since 2009 and an “onerous surveillance” would be a more suitable punishment than prison.

Mr Ward added: “He is also at risk of losing a well-paid job at his time of life.”

Chairman of the bench Mr Keith Gibson said: “We feel that a custodial sentence would not address the nature of the offences.”