May 2021

Maidstone sex offender used neighbour’s WiFi to download child sex abuse videos and images

A registered sex offender who used a neighbour’s WiFi signal to download vile images of child sexual abuse has been jailed.

Terence Standage, of Charlton Lane in Maidstone, secretly accessed thousands of indecent images and videos using next door’s web connection for more than six years.

Police investigating suspicious online activity first went to an address in Charlton Lane in January 2019 and the occupier revealed Standage had been known to piggyback onto their WiFi.

This led to officers executing a search warrant at the home of 61-year-old Standage, where devices including a memory stick and hard drive were seized for forensic examination.

Almost 12,000 illegal images and videos of children being abused were discovered, of which more than 300 were classed in the most serious category.

Further offences were identified, including evidence of upskirting offences involving a number of unknown women on a train and a bus.

Standage was subsequently charged with four counts of making indecent images of a child and three counts of outraging public decency

He was also recalled to prison having breached licence terms imposed from previous sex offences.

After he pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court at an earlier hearing, on Wednesday, May 5, Standage was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment. He was also made subject to the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

April 2010

Man jailed for sexual offences against children

A pervert from Southend will spend over a decade behind bars after admitting a series of serious sexual offences against children.

Fifty-one-year-old Terence Standage admitted 11 offences involving two young girls under the age of 13 when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Monday.

The offences took place in Westcliff between 2005 and 2006.

The court heard that Standage had been jailed in 2007 for similar offences involving other children and it was while he was in prison that the new offences came to light after images of children were reported to CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Standage was arrested in July 2009 and a full investigation was carried out by the Essex Police Online Investigation Team and Child Abuse Investigation Unit.

He has now also been placed on the Sex Offender’s Register indefinitely and made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Dc Mel Kirby of the Rayleigh CAIU said: “This has been a very difficult period for the children involved and we have maintained very regular contact throughout.

“The children were extremely traumatised by these events and are currently being supported by various agencies to help them put their lives back together.

“Standage has committed appalling offences against young children and Essex Police and the family are pleased that the sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes.”