July 2013

Man blamed his dad(84) for child abuse images

After child abuse images was found on his home computers a Whitby man tried to blame his 84-year-old father.

Mark Saltmer (39) also claimed that hackers had invaded his systems, but on Monday (July 8) he appeared at York Crown Court for sentencing having admitted 12 offences of making pornographic images – both photographs and video clips – and one charge of doing an act likely to pervert the course of justice.

Acting on information, police raided the home of Stanley Saltmer in, Whitby, on June 12, 2011, and removed computer equipment and other items from his son’s room.

Almost 200 child abusive images, of all levels of seriousness, were recovered from the equipment, including some depicting females aged two, five and seven years.

After alleging that his computers had been the target of hacking by others, Saltmer then persuaded his elderly father to write a letter to the police claiming to have been responsible for downloading and viewing the images.

However, it was apparent from terminology used in the letter they were not the father’s words, but more likely to be by his son, who holds both an HNC and HND in computing.

Describing Saltmer, who has since moved to Kingfisher Drive, Whitby, as having had “a morbid curiosity” about the pornography following alleged abuse at an early age, Mathew Dobkin, mitigating, said that his client had attempted to take his own life.

The court heard that in March this year Saltmer, who also has a history of self-harming, was stopped from cutting his own throat with a knife.

Saltmer, who has been referred to counselling, was said to have lost his job as a cleaner as a result of the offences.

Passing sentence, Judge Shaun Spencer QC said that it was obvious that Saltmer had attempted to put the blame on his elderly father because he thought that his advanced age would lead to him being more leniently dealt with.

Saltmer was jailed for 16 months and placed under a Sex Offences Prevention Order, limiting his use of the internet, for five years.

He was also placed on the Sex Offender Register for 10 years and disqualified from working with children for life.


April 2013

Sex offender gave police a false confession from another person 

A Kingfisher Drive man pleaded guilty to 11 offences of making and possessing child abuse images when he appeared before a court last Friday.

Mark Saltmer (39) also admitted brfore York Crown Court to presenting the police with a false letter of confession from another person after the photographs and movies involving children were found by the police.

Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, told the court that Saltmer may also face a further charge involving child pornography.

The existing child pornography offences date from a period between April 2010 and March of last year. The offence of attempting to pervert the course of public justice was committed between June 2012 and March of this year.

The pornographic images involve videos including the most serious category of material available and photographs of all but the most serious level.

Saltmer pleaded guilty to four charges of making photographs, five of making videos and one of possessing a total of 65 pornographic photographs and 18 pornographic movies.

Mr Mitcheson told the court that following the discovery of the pornographic material, Saltmer presented the police with a letter, purportedly signed by Stanley Saltmer and falsely claiming that it was he who was responsible for the offending.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Saltmer, who has no previous convictions.

Matthew Donkin, defending, told the court that medical reports were also required, with Saltmer possibly suffering from mental health issues.

Saltmer will appear for sentencing on June 14 and Judge Neil Clark warned him on Friday that all options, including custody, would be under consideration.

The court also ordered Saltmer to sign the Sex Offenders Register – the final length of this order will depend on the sentence he receives. He was granted unconditional bail until the sentencing hearing.