June 2020

Image of young football team deleted by convicted sex offender to avoid ‘temptation’

A convicted sex offender who deleted a picture sent to him of semi-naked young footballers has narrowly avoided being sent back to prison.

Jordan Shipman was sent the email after joining in online conversations sharing experiences of his sexual attraction to young boys, a court heard.

The 26-year-old is banned from deleting any digital history from his electronic devices after being convicted of making and sharing indecent images of children when he was jailed for 18 months in 2016.

Shipman found himself back before the courts after a regular check on the sex offender discovered he had failed to register a bank card, which he was expected to do as part of his sex offender notification requirements.

It later emerged that he had deleted the email with the inappropriate image as well as a social media app used to talk with people online, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Tom Mitchell, prosecuting, said: “During the visit Jordan Shipman’s mobile phone was checked by police officers and it was clear that emails had been deleted.

“There was one of a young football team where the players were in a state of undress.”

Mr Mitchell said the defendant also admitted to using the internet to watch ‘live’ pornography on a pay-to-view system.

Shipman, of Mansfield Avenue, Thornaby, pleaded guilty to three breaches of his sexual harm prevention order from August last year as a result of the police visit.

In 2016, Judge Stephen Ashurst put him on the sex offenders’ register for ten years, and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which limits his internet use.

He was initally arrest after experts spotted he had been sending child abuse pictures and videos to Youtube. An examination of Shipman’s computer showed he had uploaded 138 images.

Judge Howard Crowson, sentencing Shipman to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months, said: “When you deleted these emails and messenger service, it seems improbable that anyone in the community service would advise you to delete things that they are there to monitor.

“It seems to me that you wanted to delete them because you didn’t want them to be seen. Some of these were representative of the fact that you had an ongoing attraction to young boys.”

June 2016

Teesside loner shared indecent images of children

A pervert who shared indecent images of children with paedophiles to “feel important” was last night starting an 18-month prison sentence.

Jordan Shipman was said by his lawyer to be isolated and spent too much of his life talking to strangers in chatrooms and on social media sites.

He was arrested at his home in a Thornaby, near Stockton, after experts spotted he had been sending child abuse pictures and videos to Youtube.

An examination of Shipman’s computer showed he had uploaded 138 images, and a further nine were found on the 22-year-old’s mobile phone.

Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday that he told police he had started communicating with others online about eight months before he was arrested.

Robert Mochrie, mitigating, said: “The root of this offending behaviour lies in Mr Shipman’s low self-esteem. He has been bullied all his life.

“He finds comfort spending time on his own in his home address, having little interaction with anyone. He has never had any sort of relationship other than those online.

“It is quite clear he has spent far too much time on social websites. When he found out that these other people had an interest in such images, he sent them to feel important.”

Shipman, of Mansfield Avenue, Thornaby, admitted charges of making and distributing indecent images of children.

Judge Stephen Ashurst also put him on the sex offenders’ register for ten years, and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which limits his internet use.

The judge told him: “You also downloaded images of children and you say in your pre-sentence report that you did not get any sexual satisfaction from doing that.

“Whether that’s true or not, you must have known that some of the images were particularly disgusting, and distributing and passing them into other people is a serious crime.”