Paedophile spared jail for second time after being caught with horrific child abuse images
A man who was caught with some of the worst category child abuse images has been spared jail for a second time.
George Hobson, 33, was found to have a downloaded 700 pictures of children while serving a suspended prison sentence for the same offence.
His barrister Paul Caufield said that he would ‘not cope well’ in prison and that he was an ‘extremely isolated’ loner with a low intelligence.
He said that Hobson, who also had videos involving women and dogs, lives his life mostly in the ‘virtual world’.
Following his second conviction he said that he had learned from his mistakes and was ‘adamant’ that he wouldn’t strike again.
He has now received a 16-month prison sentence suspended for two years at Newcastle Crown Court – the same sentence he received for the first offence.
Hobson now lives in a residential home and any internet access has to be supervised.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child, possessing extreme pornographic images, breaching a suspended sentence and breaching a the decade-long Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) imposed in 2015.
He was fined £50 for the suspended sentence breach, while he was handed a fresh decade-long order.
Mr Caufield had suggested an extra-long community order, or even a hefty fine, as possible alternatives to punish Hobson.
But handing him another suspended sentence, Judge Robert Spragg said: ‘I want a prison sentence hanging over his head. ‘If he does not continue with his significant progress….he is not going to get a second chance.’
Gosforth pervert admits having more than 700 sick images of children
This is the Gosforth pervert who has admitted having more than 700 sick indecent images of children.
George Hobson collected the vile stash – which included the most serious category A kind – on his computer between 2014 ad 2016.
The 31-year-old, of Linhorpe Road, Gosforth, was also found in possession of extreme porn, which showed women and dogs, a court was told.
He downloaded all the images from his computer in his home between September 2 2014 and June 9 2016, prosecutors said.
Now, Hobson is facing an immediate prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child, one of possessing a prohibited image of a child and one of possessing extreme porn.
North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court was told that Hobson was found with a total of 719 photographs, including 307 of category A, which is the most serious kind and involves penetrative activity.
Because of the seriousness of the offence, District Judge Sarah Griffiths sent Hobson to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.
She told him: “I’m sending this case to the crown court. A judge will deal with you there and they will request any Pre-Sentence Report.”
Hobson was released on unconditional bail to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on December 6.