June 2020: Waterman has now been released

November 2019

Timothy Waterman jailed after being caught with indecent images of children

A sex offender caught with repulsive images of extremely young children has been jailed.

Timothy Waterman had more than 1,000 indecent images, mostly young boys, some said to be in the age range of just two to four years old.

Appearing at Southampton Crown Court, the 36-year-old, once given a suspended sentence for inappropriately touching a young boy he was babysitting, was jailed for more than a year.

The court heard Waterman was caught with the images after police visited his address in King’s Somborne in September last year.

Prosecutor Roderick Blain said police made the visit after receiving information that an address linked to Waterman had been used to download indecent images.

During the visit police seized a USB stick, a tablet and a laptop from Waterman.

Across the three devices they found a total of 1,300 indecent images, including 462 category A images – the most serious kind.

Mr Blain said around half of the category A images were moving images, which he described as an aggravating feature of Waterman’s offending.

He added that the pictures were mostly of young boys, some of which were categorised as being in the two to four age range.

Mr Blain said that Waterman had also breached a previous sexual harm prevention order by not disclosing the tablet to police during an earlier visit in May.

He said that the order was made in 2015 when Waterman was convicted of sexually assaulting a young boy whom he was babysitting.

In sentencing, judge Peter Henry said Waterman was “not the victim”.

He said: “I read in the your pre-sentence report that you have your own problems, but I am afraid you are not the victim here, it is the children.

“If one has the misfortune of reading the schedule of reading what these unfortunate children have had done to them it is quite repulsive.

“I would be failing in my duty if I gave a community order for offences of this gravity.”

Judge Henry sentenced Waterman, of Humbers View, King’s Somborne, to 16 months in prison.

He also ordered Waterman’s sexual harm prevention order and notification requirements to be extended to 10 years from the point of his sentencing.

May 2015

Scout volunteer, 32, who molested boy aged under 13 escapes jail sentence

Timothy Waterman

A former Hampshire Scout volunteer who molested a boy has been spared being sent to jail.

Timothy Waterman, 32, was handed a 16-month prison sentence suspended for two years and an extensive supervision order for sexually assaulting a child and possession of child porn.

Judge Richard Parkes QC at Winchester Crown Court said the offences were “a breach of trust”

but he was willing to give him “a chance to start again”.

Waterman, who volunteered with King’s Somborne Scout group, admitted two counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13 between January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2013.

He also admitted 21 charges of making indecent photos of a child between January 1, 2011 and May 25, 2013. The court heard the photos related to videos ranging from just a few seconds to 48 minutes in length.

The offences had no involvement with his role in the Scouts.

Waterman was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

In addition he was handed a Sex Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) to last ten years and ordered to attend up to 84 sessions.

He was also sentenced to 200 hours community service and ordered to pay £250 in court costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

He also cannot engage with a child, unless unavoidable or with permission from the parent.

Mitigating, Karen Dempsey claimed Waterman, of Humbers View, Kings Somborne, displayed “sexual inexperience and a lack of maturity”.

She added: “He says he feels disgusted with himself. He’s really struggled with being in this position.

[He’s] motivated to understand why he committed these offences to prevent a relapse. He’s a man who can be worked with.”

Referring to the pornography, Judge Parkes said: “The children who feature in these videos will have been traumatised for the rest of their days.

“You’re a man of good character: I accept that. My concern in this case is to protect the public, to protect children and to help you that you never offend in his way again because that’s the best way to protect children.”

After the case a statement from the Scouts said: “The Scout Association condemns the actions of Waterman.

“He was suspended from any form of contact with the movement as soon as we were informed by police.

“We can confirm that his appointment has now been formally cancelled by The Scout Association.

“He will never again be allowed to work within the Scout Movement.

“The Scout Association has cooperated fully with the statutory agencies. The Scout Association carries out stringent vetting of all adults who work with young people and requires them to work to a strict code of practice outlined in the ‘Young People First’ Code of Practice.”

March 2015

Paedophile pleads guilty to sexually assaulting a child under 13

A HAMPSHIRE man today admitted sexually assaulting a child and possessing child abuse images

Timothy Waterman, 32, spent five minutes answering “guilty” to 23 allegations put to him at Winchester Crown Court.

Wearing a grey pullover, purple shirt and dark trousers he hung his head and closed his eyes as he pleaded to two allegations of assaulting a child under 13 years between January 1 2010-January 1 2013 and 21 charges of making indecent photos of a child between January 1 2011-May 25 2013.

The court heard that each assault charge contained about ten separate incidents.

Waterman, of Humbers View, Kings Somborne, sat in the dock resting his head on his hands.

Karen Dempsey, defending, said: “This is an unusual case. The defendant has made very frank admissions in interview.”

Judge Susan Evans QC ordered a pre-sentence report.

She adjourned the case for sentencing on April 23 at Winchester and released Waterman on unconditional bail.