August 2017

Derbyshire pervert took 83,000 photographs of girls aged four to 10 who lived nearby

A hospital worker from Derbyshire secretly took more than 83,000 photographs of pre-pubescent girls for his own sexual gratification.

Nathan Hodkin placed his mobile phone camera on a pair of binoculars so he could focus in on the victims, typically aged four to ten, playing naked or partially-clothed.

He then filed them on his computer or mobile phone, even putting one of them in a folder he named “My Cutie”.

His reign of perversion only came to light when he was spotted hiding and taking pictures of a four-year-old girl who alerted her mother and was chased and caught by the girl’s father.

When police arrested the 27-year-old he told officers “You will find loads of photographs of children on my computer”.

Jailing him for 20 months at Derby Crown Court, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “You took in excess of 83,000 photographs of young girls who, although not known to you, lived in your locality.

“Of those, more than 1,000 were of an indecent nature including them playing naked or partially clothed and you even kept a file for one of them called ‘My Cutie’.

“This has caused immense distress to the girls and their parents who are concerned for their children and that their privacy was invaded by you.

“This is concerning as it went on for three years, there were a vast amount of photographs found. The sheer scale of this offending is concerning to me.”

Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said the offending came to light in July last year when a four-year-old victim told her mum she was being photographed.

He said; “She went to her mum to say someone had been taking pictures of her.

“Her mother could see the defendant with a phone in his hand.

“She shouted for help and her partner went after the defendant and held him with others while the police were called.

“The police arrived and he said to them ‘You will find lots of pictures of children on my computer and phone’.”

Mr Knowles said analysis of Hodkins’ electronic devices unearthed 83,603 photographs of seven young girls, 1,106 of which were indecent, category C images which included naked pictures of them.

He said each was in a separate file under their names.

A further 5,558 indecent images, also category C, had been downloaded from the internet.

Hodkin, who now lives in Rectory Avenue, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, but was living in Derbyshire at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty to eight counts of producing indecent images of children between 2013 and 2016.

A number of the parents of the victims were in court to see Hodkin sentenced and were praised for their dignity by Judge Shant.