Update: Now living in Bishopton, Stratford-Upon-Avon. The hostel is situated less than 300 metres from a local primary school, nursery, a park and a children’s community centre

January 2015

Paedophile admits having more indecent images of children only weeks after his release from prison

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A CONVICTED sex offender who hid computer memory sticks from police in breach of a court order has been branded a “significant risk to children.”

Richard Kirk Johnson, aged 48, was caught with indecent images only weeks after his release from prison, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Judge Simon Carr jailed him for 18 months for what he called a very “troubling” case.

He added: “You represent a significant risk to children and you almost certainly will for the rest of your life.”

Judge Carr said he also had an electronic picture frame capable of viewing the images, rather than a laptop which would have been difficult to hide.

Johnson admitted breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention order on December 3.

He had only moved to a probation hostel in Plymouth from the Midlands weeks before to start a new life.

Johnson was jailed for 36 months for possession and distribution of indecent images at Warwick Crown Court in May 2013.

He was made subject to an order which meant he had to hand over any electronic device capable of storing images when challenged by police.

Julia Cox, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said officers visited Johnson at the hostel in November and asked him whether he had any electronic devices. He told them he did not, the court heard.

Miss Cox said police carried out a general search of the hostel and found two memory sticks hidden in a glasses case inside a bag.

The court heard that he had previous convictions for indecency, both images and contact offences.

He was previously jailed for more than two years for sexual assault and making indecent images of children, and was already subject to sex offender registration for life.

He was also jailed for three years after pleading guilty to eight new charges of making indecent images of children and eight of distributing them.

May 2013

Man jailed over “repellent” abuse images

A SEX offender from Leamington has been jailed for three years after police found “deeply repellent” images of child abuse on his computer.

They included moving images described by a judge as being “of the most revolting and disturbing kind” which Richard Johnson, of Eden Court in Mason Avenue, had made available for others to download via a file-sharing network.

The 47-year-old, previously jailed for more than two years for sexual assault and making indecent images of children, was already subject to sex offender registration for life.

He was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to eight new charges of making indecent images of children and eight of distributing them.

In October last year the Child Protection Unit were informed that Johnson had failed to reveal information about a relationship he had had following his release from prison.

When police went to arrest him for failing to comply with the terms of his registration, they also seized his laptop computer to check it.

On the laptop they discovered a total of 1,474 still and six moving indecent images of children.

Of those, 964 of the still images and four moving clips, one of them lasting 12 minutes, were classed as level four and six of the stills were level five, the most serious category of abuse.

Nicholas Aldridge, defending, said that release from prison Johnson had found accommodation, employment and a partner but became depressed following an illness.

His spiral into child abuse images was, said Mr Aldridge, a “form of self-loathing”, who added Johnson also self-harmed physically.

But after viewing some of the images, as he was required to do, Judge Alan Parker said: “They are profoundly disturbing and deeply repellent.”

And he told Johnson: “In the pre-sentence report you describe your offending as a form of self-abuse.

“It is all about you, and nothing at all about those many children who were grossly sexually abused by others whose revolting conduct you have participated in by the downloading of this material and making it available to others.”