October 2017

Penrith teen locked up for child sex crimes and attempted intercourse with dog

A teenager has been locked up for online child sex offending – and trying to have intercourse with a dog.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how 18-year-old Joshua Clarke was involved in “graphic sexualised exchanges” over the internet with two USA-based girls aged 13 and 14.

Clarke’s offending emerged after police visited his Penrith home and seized electronic devices. Forensic analysis revealed criminal conversations with the girls – and a host of other offending.

Clarke later admitted two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity; two of causing a child to watch a sexual act; possessing an extreme pornographic image; distributing indecent images of children; and attempting to have intercourse with a dog.

He also pleaded guilty to making scores of indecent still and moving images of youngsters. Some were classed in category A, the most serious, and featured children aged just three.

The court heard the offences were committed during a three-year period while he was aged under 18, as he sought “solace” in the online community having been a victim of “sustained bullying at school”.

Clarke, of Macadam Way, Penrith, was sent to a young offenders’ institution for two years. Judge James Adkin concluded: “This offending is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”

Clarke was also placed on the sex offenders’ register, and given a sexual harm prevention order, both for 10 years.

August 2017

Cumbrian teenager has admitted attempting to have sex with a dog

A teenager has admitted attempting to have sex with a dog.

It is one of 10 sex allegations which Joshua Clarke faced during a brief appearance at Carlisle Crown Court.

The 18-year-old admitted distributing sickening indecent images of children, and three counts of making or downloading indecent images of children

He also admitted possessing a grossly offensive extreme pornographic image involving a sex act between a person and a dog; two counts of inciting a child to engage in a sexual act; and two counts of causing a child – the youngest being just 13 – to watch a sexual act.

The final offence Clarke admitted yesterday was a charge of attempting to have sexual intercourse with an animal – namely a dog.

Defence lawyer Mark Shepherd said he would commission a forensic psychiatric assessment of the defendant, who lives at Macadam Way, Penrith.

That report is likely to be ready by mid to late September, said the lawyer.

Granting the defendant unconditional bail, Judge Barbara Forrester told Clarke he will now be subject to the provision of registering as a sex offender.

“The length of time you remain on it (the Sex Offenders’ Register) will be determined by the sentence imposed, when you come back to court,” she added.