April 2013

Sex offender back in court after past discovered

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A CHILD sex offender has appeared at court to be re-sentenced after crimes he’d previously committed against children came to light.

Convicted sex offender Alan Hawkins was jailed for three years in March after being caught with sickening child porn just a week after being released back onto the streets after serving time for previous sex offences.

However, at the time of his sentencing, Judge James Goss had not been aware of the extent of his previous offending, which included the indecent assault of a schoolgirl in 1997.

After being made aware of the 48-year-old’s disturbing record, Judge Goss ordered the case to be re-listed.

Calling Hawkins a “serious risk to small children”, Judge Goss added a four-year extension licence on to the three years custody, meaning that he will be closely monitored for that period after he is released.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Hawkins had served 18 months in prison for the assault of a female under the age of 14, which had not previously been taken into account at the sentencing last month.

In 2008 he received a five-year prison term for distributing child pornography.

Hawkins was released from this sentence on January 10 last year.

But only seven days later, staff at the hostel he was staying at in Pennywell, Sunderland, found a mobile phone containing images of youngsters being abused.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children and one count of possessing indecent photographs of children.

Peter Schofield, defending, said: “He’s an individual who clearly has a problem that needs to be addressed.”

To which Judge Goss replied that previous orders had been made but Hawkins still “retains an unhealthy interest in child pornography.”

Mr Schofield continued: “The history, whilst giving some concern, isn’t the worst case to come before these courts.

“There’s been a 15 to 16-year gap since the last assault. There has been no suggestion of him engaging in that activity again.”

Judge Goss said: “On March 11 this year, I sentenced you to three years’ imprisonment for making and possession of indecent images of a child.

“At that hearing I was misled into thinking that you didn’t have any previous convictions when in fact you do.

“I ordered that this case should be re-listed.

“In 1997 you were convicted of the indecent assault of a female under 14.

“These recent offences are part of an established pattern of sexual offending which has remained untreated.

“You take great risks in order to offend. I am satisfied there is a strong risk of serious harm to the public, namely small children, for further offences.”

March 2013

Child abuse images pervert jailed for second time

THIS convicted sex offender was caught with sickening child porn just a week after being allowed back on the streets.

Alan Hawkins, 48, was released from a five-year sentence, for distributing images of children, on January 10 last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard seven days later, staff at the hostel he was staying at in Pennywell, Sunderland, found a mobile phone in his room, containing images of youngsters being abused

Hawkins admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children and one of possessing indenct photographs of children.

Judge James Goss jailed him for three years.

The judge told him: “You have been assessed as someone who is not suitable for any form of order other than a sentence of imprisonment.

“The seriousness of these offences and the circumstances in which they have been committed make a prison sentence inevitable.”

Judge Goss said Hawkins must abide by a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which limits his telephone and computer use and restricts his contact with children for life.

He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Judge Goss added: “This is in order to protect the public, in particular children, from the commission of further offences by you.”

The court heard Hawkins was jailed for 18 months in 1997, for indecently assaulting a schoolgirl.

In 2008 he received the five-year prison term.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “The defendant was released from custody on January 10, 2012

“A condition of his licence was he could possess only one mobile phone or sim card, and that mobile phone must not have the capacity of taking photographs.

“A routine search of his room conducted on January 17, 2012 revealed a mobile phone.”

The court heard the first mobile phone found in the search abided by the rules of being unable to take or store photographs.

But Hawkins then volunteered the fact he had a second.

Mr Bunch said: “It was removed from a hidden location in his bedding.

“It was a phone which did have a camera.

“Members of staff checked the contents of the phone and discovered the images.”

The court heard Hawkins told police in interview the phone was not his.

Peter Schofield, defending, said Hawkins feels he would benefit from sex offender treatment.