April 2020

Paedophile tried to delete cartoon-prohibited images of children

A paedophile downloaded cartoon images depicting child abuse because he thought it would be better than looking at pictures of real children.

Convicted William Carmody, who has sexually assaulted children and downloaded indecent images of youngsters in the past, was already subject to a court order to try to curtail his evil urges.

But he breached the sexual harm prevention order and his sex offenders registration requirements as well as downloading the prohibited cartoon images.

Now the 44-year-old pervert has been sent back to prison for 22 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard he has convictions for indecent exposure, outraging public decency, indecently assaulting children, breaching sexual harm prevention orders and, in 2015, for indecency and indecent images charges.

Judge Tim Gittins told him: “It’s clear from that history you have a paedophile predilection and have been unable to resist those unnatural urges repeatedly.”

Police visited him in March to check up on him and discovered he had failed to notify a change of address, which he was required to do.

He initially told them he did not have access to a mobile phone with an internet connection but then tried to delete images on the phone and officers had to struggle with him to get it.

On the phone were ten cartoon images of children – including one involving a dog.

Judge Gittins told him: “Notwithstanding they were cartoons, they were extremely serious because they included young females…and images of bestiality.

“The suggestion is you had given some thought to what you were doing, thinking pseudo photographs were less serious because they were not real images. To a certain extent, that’s right but nonetheless it was a serious breach of a serious court order.”

May 2014

I’m a sick man, I need help’ – Sunderland sex offender’s urges over young girls

A HIGH-risk sex offender is facing jail after being caught with a stash of child abuse images.

William Carmody, from Sunderland, was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life in 2000 following a conviction for indecent exposure.

The pervert’s latest convictions come after the 38-year-old was caught looking at pornography while he was staying at a hostel in Newcastle’s Westgate Road.

Police then searched his home address in Azalea Terrace North, Sunderland, where Carmody handed them a computer memory stick filled with pornographic photographs, cartoons and films.

At Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded to five charges of having indecent images (dating back to December 19, 20 and 23) and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

John McGlone, prosecuting, told the court that Carmody is classed as a high-risk sex offender who had “numerous” previous convictions for similar crimes.

Magistrates heard that a fellow resident in the bail hostel he was staying at saw him looking at images of semi-naked girls on one of the hostel’s computers.

The computer was seized and CCTV footage showed Carmody removing a memory stick from the computer tower.

When officers searched his home, he handed over the USB drive – which contained a large amount of adult pornography, an indecent image of a girl aged between 10 and 14 and another image of an older teenage girl. They also discovered 16 animated films or cartoons, as well as an extreme pornographic image involving an adult woman and an animal.

Willie Johnstone, defending, said Carmody should be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

He added: “He told police ‘I am a sick man and I need help’.

“He was about to attend Turning Point and Lifeline, to address his alcohol problems, as alcohol seems to be the dis-inhibitor.”

Mr Johnston told the court that Carmody was trying to suppress his urges about young girls by fantasising about older women.

In 2009, Carmody was jailed for 18 months after exposing himself in Sunderland’s city centre library.