May 2016

Paedophile fantasised about sexually abusing girl, 13


A CONVICTED paedophile who sent another man graphic details on how he would abuse a 13-year-old girl has been jailed for two years.

Barry Christopher Hepworth, 71, had a library of nearly 7,000 films and pictures of children as young as two being abused, Graham O’Sullivan, prosecuting, told York Crown Court.

Of the images, 1,047 were of the most serious category, Category A which included children being raped

He had also printed off sexual images of children and sent them to a man in Stockport with whom he had a lengthy correspondence in which he fantasised about what he would do sexually to a 13-year-old girl.

Hepworth denied that he had a sexual interest in children, claiming he was trying to snare a paedophile.

Hepworth was jailed in 1993 for a series of sexual offences, including attempting to have sex with a girl under 13, indecent assault and gross indecency with a child under 14.

The offences began when the victims were aged seven or eight.

Judge Neil Davey QC told him: “Your sexual interest in children continued after your release from prison and plainly continues until this day.

“The terms of your sexual correspondence makes it plain you are still seeking sexual gratification in respect of your sexual interest in children.”

Hepworth, of Clarence Street, central York, pleaded guilty to one charge of distributing indecent images of children, three of having extreme pornography and five of downloading or possessing indecent images.

In addition to the two-year jail term he was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order restricting his use of the internet and possession of devices capable of accessing the internet and restricting his access to and communication with children.

His period of registration on the sex offenders’ register which began in 2008 was extended by ten years.

Prosecutor Mr O’Sullivan said after police arrested him for the first eight offences, confiscated his laptop and computer equipment, and released him on bail, Hepworth got another laptop and more USB sticks, searched the internet for more illegal sexual images of children and downloaded 28 of all categories including the most serious.

Mr O’Sullivan said Hepworth had got in contact with a 63-year-old man in Stockport whom he called Shana and sent his fantasies about what he would do to “her” 13-year-old daughter.

But Greater Manchester Police received a tip-off about the Stockport man, raided his home and found the sexual fantasy letters from a “Chris Hepworth” living in Clarence Street. That led North Yorkshire Police to Hepworth.