Obsessed sexual pervert who believes ‘men have a right to sex’ too dangerous to be freed from jail
An internet groomer who believes “men have a right to sex” remains too dangerous to be let out of prison even though he has now been in custody for nine years, the High Court has decided.
A judge upheld a Parole Board ruling that Clive Hall, 44, from Roydon, Essex, remains a particularly high risk to under-age girls.
Hall was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) at Chelmsford Crown Court in June 2006 for three offences of unlawful consensual sexual activity with two girls.
Mrs Justice Simler, sitting in London, said Hall had been involved in grooming 14 and 15-year-olds while receiving treatment for his “obsession with sex”.
He had met the girls through the internet even though he was under an extended supervision order after serving a three-month sentence for possessing child pornography images.
The judge said: “He conducted himself in a deceptive and manipulative manner whilst participating in a sex offender treatment programme – giving the impression that he understood the seriousness of his earlier sexual offences and was developing victim empathy, whereas he was committing (further) offences and the risk he posed to young girls was escalating.”
Hall’s case came back before the High Court in a challenge to the legality of his ongoing detention under his IPP.
At his trial he was ordered to remain in jail for at least three and a half years, subsequently reduced on appeal to two and a half, before he could be considered for parole.
The minimum term expired in December 2008, but Hall remains inside.
Philip Rule, who appeared for Hall, argued that his sentence had become “arbitrary, and grossly disproportionate” and was a breach of his human rights because of its impact on his private and family life.
Mr Rule said no consideration had been given to the fact that IPP sentences were abolished in December 3 2012 under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Laspo).
Mr Rule argued that it was “grossly unfair” that prisoners like Hall serving indefinite sentences might be detained alongside inmates convicted of precisely the same offences after IPPs were abolished, and then have “to endure their automatic release” at the end of a fixed term.
Adding on the time Hall spent on remand, he had so far served nine years in jail – the equivalent of 18 years if he had been given a determinate sentence, said Mr Rule.
But the judge ruled that IPP sentences remained lawful and the Parole Board’s focus was rightly on the risk posed by Hall’s release.
She declared: “The Parole Board is not required to balance the public protection needed against other interests, including the interests of the prisoner and his family in his release in order to enjoy family and private life rights.”
The judge said a “considerable number of risk factors” had been identified, including Hall’s “obsession with sex, feeling inadequate, lack of intimate relationships, believing men have a right to sex, and sexual interest in teenage girls”.
The judge added: “He demonstrated on several occasions in open conditions that his capacity for deceptive, manipulative and untrustworthy behaviour and his feelings of entitlement, which were factors in his grooming of sexual victims, had not reduced.”
Net paedophile’s sex with under-age girls
A CONVICTED paedophile has been given a four-year prison term for having sex with two under-age girls he met on the internet.
Clive Hall (33) was jailed on Tuesday after admitting four charges of sexual activity with a girl when she was aged 14 and 15 and one charge of sexual activity with a different girl aged 15.
He was jailed for three months in October 2003 for possessing 73 images of child abuse images and, after release, was made the subject of an extended supervision order.
Judge Christopher Ball told Chelmsford Crown Court that, while appearing to comply with the order, Hall “was grooming these two young girls for intimate and, in the case of one of them, repeated sexual activity”.
Hall was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, indefinitely prohibited from being in the company of any female under 16 unless accompanied by their parent or guardian and banned from using the internet.
The court heard how he drove around looking for sexual encounters with girls.
John Dodd, prosecuting, said the alarm was first raised when the mother of a 15-year-old girl contacted Sussex Police.
The teenager told officers a friend of a similar age had contacted Hall via the internet.
At one stage, the girl gave him her mobile phone number and he arranged to meet her in Sussex on March 29 last year.
During their meeting, Hall, who claimed he was 24, had sexual intercourse with the girl.
Sussex Police asked colleagues in Essex to arrest Hall.
Officers went to his home on February 16 and discovered a 15-year-old girl there.
She was interviewed and said she had met Hall through a website called FaceParty. She had claimed on the site she was 16 and told police they met on several occasions and had sex.
Hall told police he had chatted with a girl regularly during previous months and admitted having sex with her. “I thought she was 16 at first but then she said ‘No, I’m not really’. She said she was 14,” he said.
Constance Briscoe, in mitigation, said Hall, of Epping Road, Roydon, had pleaded guilty at the first chance and fully co-operated with police.
She said the girls were consenting young ladies. Hall denied grooming them and maintained it was they who had contacted him and invited him to meet with them.