November 2020

Honiton sex offender jailed for befriending couple with toddler son

A convicted sex offender has been jailed for defying a ban on meeting children and befriending a family with a toddler son.

Daniel Hedison was allowed to play with the young boy and was left alone to babysit him.

The boy’s parents had no idea that he had a conviction for accessing child abuse images on the internet and was subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) that restricted his contact with children.

The orders were imposed because Hedison exchanged fantasies about abusing babies and young boys on the internet at the same time as he downloaded images of male children aged four to 13.

He was forbidden from having any access to children unless he told the parents about his past and notified the police, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He was caught because he was seen playing with the toddler while watching a football match by a volunteer who learned about his background on the internet.

Hedison, aged 32, of Honiton, but formerly Torquay admitted four breaches of a SHPO and was jailed for 14 months by Judge Peter Johnson.

He told him: “It is of significance that in 2015 you told the police you had a considerable sexual interest in young males.

“That was something that rang alarm bells and you would have been prevented from any further contact with this child if the parents had known about it.

“This offence is too serious for a suspended sentence. You told the young couple that you expected to be behind bars for Christmas, and that has been borne out.”

Miss Hollie Gilbery, prosecuting, said the SHPO was imposed in September 2015 when Hedison received an eight-month suspended sentence for seven counts of making indecent images of children.

On October 10 police were called after he was seen at a football match with the child. At one point he was seen playing with the child in the clubhouse.

He had become a friend of the parents. He had babysat for the boy twice.

Neither had any idea about his past. They were both horrified to learn the truth and said their son treated Hedison like an uncle. The mother was so distressed she needed treatment for anxiety.

September 2015

Torquay man given suspended sentence for making indecent images of children

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A Torquay man who admitted seven counts of making indecent images of children has escaped jail.

Daniel Hedison, 27, of Glebeland Way, had been warned that he was facing a custodial sentence when he previously appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to seven charges of making indecent images and movies of children, but was given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared in court on Friday.

The court was told that the offences happened between September and December in 2014.

Hedison was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, by Judge Erik Salomonsen.

August 2015

Torquay man pleads guilty to making indecent images of children

A Torquay man has admitted seven counts of making indecent images of children and has been warned he could go to jail.

Daniel Hedison, 27, of Glebeland Way, pleading guilty to all seven charges of making indecent images and movies of young children when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court on Friday.

Prosecuting, David Bowen, told the court the offences happened between September and December in 2014.

Mitigating, Jonathan Barnes said: “He is under no illusions to the seriousness of the offence and he is anxious to seek help for his problems.”

Judge Francis Gilbert QC adjourned sentencing until September 25 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, but warned Hedison that he was considering all options, including custody.

Hedison was granted conditional bail.