Worcester sex offender with thousands of baby pics walks free

A REPEAT child sex offender from Worcester who had thousands of indecent images of babies and children being abused has walked free yet again.

Cliff Butler, of Primrose Crescent, St Peter’s, Worcester had more than 800 indecent images of children in category A alone, which shows the worst kind of sexual abuse including rape, and over 2,000 images in total.

However, he walked free with a community order and a curfew when he appeared before Judge Martin Jackson at Hereford Crown Court on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old admitted three charges of making indecent images when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester last month, as previously reported.

He admitted making 2,046 indecent images and films. Butler downloaded the images between January 21, 2019 and January 21, 2021 – and he had done the same thing before.

Dressed in grey jogging bottoms and wearing a Covid mask exemption lanyard when he appeared before magistrates, he was asked to enter his pleas, telling the court: “Guilty, yeah, yeah.”

Aleigha Adams, prosecuting the case at magistrates court, said the images included children ‘as young as 12 months old to 15 years old, some of which showed children in discernible pain and distress’.

She also told the court that Butler had a previous conviction for a ‘like offence’ and breach of notification requirements for a sexual harm prevention order. This is an order put in place to protect children, placing controls on an offender’s use of the internet and restricting their contact with young people.

Barry Newton, defending, said Butler had previously been on the sex offender register for an offence in 2011 when he received a community order which had since expired.

“He’s no longer on the register. His conviction means you should order him to register” said the city solicitor.

Magistrates ordered him to ‘re-register’ at the police station as soon as he left magistrates court.

Judge Jackson made a sexual harm prevention order for five years and placed Butler on the sex offender register for five years when Butler appeared before him at Hereford Crown Court.

He also ordered the forfeiture of the Samsung mobile phone which contained the images. Butler was placed on a three year community order and ordered to complete 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Butler was also placed on a three month curfew between 7pm and 7am, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and prosecution costs of £340

St Peter’s man had library of child abuse pictures

A repeat child sex offender had more than 2,000 indecent images, including videos of babies.

Cliff Butler, of Primrose Crescent, St Peter’s, Worcester had more than 800 indecent images of children in category A alone, which shows the worst kind of sexual abuse including rape, and over 2,000 images in total.

The 46-year-old admitted three charges of making indecent images when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester.

He admitted making 2,046 indecent images and films. Butler downloaded the images between January 21, 2019 and January 21, 2021 – and he had done the same thing before. Dressed in grey jogging bottoms and wearing a Covid mask exemption lanyard, he was asked to enter his pleas, telling the court: “Guilty, yeah, yeah.”

Aleigha Adams, prosecuting, said the images included children ‘as young as 12 months old to 15 years old, some of which showed children in discernible pain and distress’.

Ms Adams said that the sentencing powers of magistrates were insufficient and urged them to commit matters to the crown court.

She also told the court that Butler had a previous conviction for a ‘like offence’ and breach of notification requirements for a sexual harm prevention order.

This is an order put in place to protect children, placing controls on an offender’s use of the internet and restricting their contact with young people.

Magistrates ordered him to ‘re-register’ at the police station as soon as he left court. A date at the crown court will be fixed at a later stage.

Bail was granted on condition he does not have contact with children other than is unavoidable in the course of daily life.

An all-options pre-sentence report (which includes the possibility of custody) was also ordered.

In 2011, he avoided a prison sentence after he used an internet chatroom to download indecent pictures of young girls

In May 2015, he avoided prison for not complying with the requirements of being on the sex offenders register

May 2015

Man given order for register breach

A man has been ordered to pay more than £200 and was given a sexual harm prevention order for not informing the police that girls under the age of 18 were staying over night at his address.

Cliff Butler, Purleigh Avenue, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court last Friday (April 24) for not complying with the requirements of being on the sex offenders register.

Owen Beale, prosecuting, told the court between February 7 and February 9 last year Butler resided with four ladies under the age of 18 at his home address.

Mr Beale said: “It came to light when police began to investigate a complaint made by two of these young ladies on a serious matter, not to do with this defendant but someone else is under suspicion.

“He thought he could have contact if supervised, he had been given a copy of new register requirements but had not kept this copy.

“The individuals did not come to see him and he stayed in his own bedroom.

“This is a misunderstanding and he has been explained what exactly he can and can not do.”

Chair of the bench Josephine Hodges ordered Butler to pay a £110 fine, £85 in court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

She said: “The court confirms this is to protect the public from sexual harm to children or vulnerable adults.

“Make sure you know what you can and can not do, if you are in any doubt ask someone.”

July 2011

Pervert used mobile to look at young girls

A factory worker who used an internet chatroom to download indecent pictures of young girls told police that he was trying to trace paedophiles.

But Judge Robert Juckes QC said Cliff Butler had used the explanation as a pretence to disguise his “furtive” use of the Fast Flirt chatline.

Butler, aged 36, of Purleigh Avenue, Warndon, Worcester, pleaded guilty to six sexual activity offences.

Three were of encouraging others to distribute illegal images of children, two of possessing illegal images and one of having extreme porn.

He was given a three-year community order with supervision by the probation service and a requirement to complete a sexual offences programme. He has to sign on the sex offenders register for five years and was ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

Paul Whitfield, prosecuting atWorcester Crown Court, said the offences between March and April last year came to light after it was discovered that Butler had accessed the chatroom through his mobile phone.

His activities were reported to police.

Butler’s phone and SIM card were seized and analysis showed the indecent material which had been downloaded. He had used a variety of names with a sexual connotation and his conversations contained explicit references to fantasies.

When interviewed, Butler claimed he had been trying to trap paedophiles, but had not had the courage to inform the police before he was found out.

It seemed that his efforts had backfired on him, he said. Barry Newton, defending, said Butler, who had a caution in 2006 for assaulting police, had worked at a factory for five years and was told he could keep his job.

He submitted references from family and friends and pointed out that Butler had been candid with both police and the probation service.

Although he was not arrested until October last year and not charged until February, he had admitted the offences immediately.

Judge Juckes said the indecent images were of the lowest level and there was no evidence that Butler had sent or received any of them.

He said the offences would cause most decent-thinking and respectable members of the community to recoil in disgust.