December 2015

Man who had 2,000 indecent images of children and asked girl to touch him

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A ‘predatory paedophile’ who had nearly 2,000 indecent images of children on his laptop and asked young girl to touch him at a donkey enclosure has been jailed.

Gerrard Cadd, of Pendle Close, Bacup, was found guilty after a trial at Burnley Crown Court of causing or inciting a children to engage in sexual activity and earlier pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images.

The 55-year-old was found not guilty of other charges including indecent assault, assaulting a child under 13, sexual activity with a child and another count of inciting sexual activity.

Cadd was jailed at Preston Crown Court for three years, ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and restraining order.

The trial heard how when Cadd was arrested and his laptop was analysed it contained nearly 2,000 indecent images and 50 videos of children.

Speaking after the case, temporary Detective Sergeant Melissa Kelly, of Lancashire Police, said: “Cadd is a predatory paedophile who preyed on a young girl.

“During our inquiries, a search of his home address further revealed indecent images and videos of children being sexually abused.

“I am satisfied with today’s result and hope that now the victim will be able to start moving forward with her life.

“We are committed to investigating all allegations of this nature thoroughly and sensitively.

“Despite any passage of time, anyone who has been the victim of similar offences can contact us and be confident that we will listen to them.”

October 2015

Man caught with 2,000 indecent images of children asked young girl to touch him

A BACUP man caught with nearly 2,000 indecent images of children has been convicted of inciting a young girl to engage in sexual activity when he visited a donkey enclosure.

As well as the indecent images, Gerrard Cadd, 55, was also initially charged with sexual offences involving three young girls.

Cadd, of Pendle Close, Bacup, denied five offences at Burnley Crown Court, including indecent assault, assaulting a child under 13 and sexual activity with a child, and two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Not guilty verdicts were ordered in relation to the offences concerning one of the girls, on the direction of trial judge Simon Newell. Cadd was also cleared of two further charges.

But he was found guilty of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity during a trip to the donkey enclosure at Healey Dell nature reserve, near Whitworth.

David Traynor, prosecuting, said the girl, then 12, had been at Healey Dell when Cadd exposed himself and asked her to touch him.

Cadd accepted that he went behind a tree to urinate while at Healey Dell but he had never deliberately exposed himself.

Mr Traynor said Cadd was also involved in ‘sexualised behaviour’ with a third girl, involving touching her on the legs and chest, to which he was found not guilty.

Cadd, who admitted possessing indecent images before trial, was remanded on bail for pre-sentence report.