May 2016

Man found with indecent images on mobile phone is jailed

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A MAN who used a privacy app on his mobile phone to try to conceal indecent images of children stored on it has been jailed for 12 months.

A judge at York Crown Court said it was ‘truly shocking’ that some of the children in the pictures were as young as one year old and said David Stansfield had a ‘vile addiction.”

The Honorary Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, said Stansfield, 40, of Stirrup Close, Foxwood, had a previous conviction for identical offences at the court in 2012.

This had resulted in him being given a community order involving attending a sex offender programme and the latest offences were committed towards the end of that order.

The judge said the most serious aspect of these offences was that he used a “Private Album” app on his mobile to conceal his offending.

“This is an extremely aggravating feature because it indicates you have not really learnt at all from the earlier sentence,” he said.

“Some of these victims were very young indeed. Some were only aged up to one year old which is truly shocking.”

He said he gave credit for early guilty pleas from Stansfield to four charges of making indecent photos of a child and one of possession of prohibited images of children.

Rob Galley, prosecuting, said police had obtained a warrant and searched Stansfield’s home and seized computer equipment, and they also seized a mobile phone from his car.

He said the phone app prevented anyone accessing the pictures without a password but an officer had located the password and been able to gain access.

Kristian Cavanagh said in mitigation that Stansfield was well aware of the impact of his offences on he victims and knew he had to take steps to address his offending behaviour.

He said Stansfield understood the triggers that led to him committing the offences, felt he had benefited from treatment programmes in the past and was willing to engage in another one.

November 2012

Sex offender sentenced

A SEX offender whose stash of indecent images of children was uncovered after police raided his York home has been sentenced.

Police found a number of indecent images and videos of children when they seized computer equipment from David Stansfield’s home in Stirrup Close, York, on December 31, 2010.

Of the images recovered, the majority – 84 – were classed as the lowest level of severity. However, seven other images and a video were categorised as hardcore and the second was of the highest severity.

Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting at the sentencing hearing at York Crown Court, said this had been “just the tip of the iceberg” and forensic experts later found a number of other indecent child images deleted from the 36-year-old’s computer files.

He said Stansfield was questioned a year after his arrest – due to the amount of time the experts had to spend examining the computer equipment.

In his police interview he told police he had bought the computers second-hand in an auction. He later admitted charges of making and possessing indecent photos of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images.

Andrew Semple, for Stansfield, said as a result of the charges, Stansfield’s girlfriend had left him, and his future as a manager for an American-based company was uncertain.

Mr Semple said Stansfield had developed an addiction for adult pornography which later led to him downloading indecent images and videos of children.

He said as a result of the charges and the “shame he undoubtedly felt”, Stansfield had sought medical treatment for anxiety and stress as he waited two years for his court hearing.

Sentencing Stansfield, the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, pictured, said as he was a hard-working man, of previous good character, he would be spared an immediate jail sentence.

He sentenced Stansfield to a three-year community order, and ordered him to complete a sex offender’s rehabilitation order. Stansfield was also given an order restricting his internet usage for five years and was placed on the sex offenders’ register.