August 2019

The ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ pervert who can’t stop downloading sickening child abuse pictures

A pervert was branded a “dyed-in-the-wool” sex offender by a judge after he was repeatedly caught with sickening images of child abuse.

Arthur Nolasco, 34, was given a chance by the courts when his “compulsion” to download illegal images of children first came to light.

He was given a two-year community order with a five-year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) in November 2017.

In the face of these court orders, while being monitored by police and attending a sex offender treatment programme, he offended again.

Police asked to look at his laptop when they went to his former home on Stephen Street, Hartlepool on August 2 last year.

“It was found there had been searches for varying images that brought some concern,” said prosecutor Dr Christopher Wood

Officers discovered 122 indecent images of children, including a depiction of rape, Teesside Crown Courtwas told on Tuesday.

They also found 57 prohibited images of children and 42 extreme pornographic images.

While that was investigated, police went to his home again on February 25 this year, a day before Nolasco was due in court.

A USB stick was found containing 12 more indecent images and 42 prohibited images.

Nolasco claimed he had “stumbled across” the images, but the court heard some of the appalling search terms he had used on his laptop.

He admitted five charges of making indecent images of children, two of possessing prohibited images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.

But he told a probation officer he got no sexual gratification from the pictures.

In 2017, after images were seen on his phone by a concerned associate, Nolasco’s barrister said he accepted sexual gratification was his motive.

Judge Deborah Sherwin told Nolasco: “For the children concerned these would have been devastating experiences.

“It’s people who look at pictures that fuel the desire for the children to go through these things.

“There is no excuse for you having that.

“It seems to me that you are somebody who is a dyed-in-the-wool offender in this way.

“I’m afraid that I can’t see that there is any prospect of your rehabilitation.”

She said the offences were so serious it had to be prison, and jailed Nolasco for 20 months.

His SHPO was extended for seven years and the laptop and USB stick will be destroyed.

April 2019

Child abuse images addict admits five charges relating to making and possessing indecent images

A man who was addicted to child abuse pornography has been banned from using the internet by a judge until he is sentenced for his crimes.

Arthur Nolasco, 33, from Hartlepool, appeared at Teesside Crown Court after pleading guilty to five offences at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on February 26.

Prosecutor Jenny Haigh said that due to the volume of child pornography casework police needed more time to investigate a memory stick seized from him, and she asked for an adjournment.

Nolasco, who had his bail extended, had pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children, one of possessing extreme pornographic images and another of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

Judge Howard Crowson adjourned the case on Nolasco, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, before sentence on June 3.

The judge made it a condition of his bail that he should not have in his possession any device capable of accessing the internet.

Judge Crowson said that it was an unusual condition to impose but it was only for a few weeks before sentencing.

The judge told him: ”You should not read into the fact that I am granting you bail as any indication of what the sentence will be.

”I do not want you watching those type of images in the meantime.”

The charges date from August 2 last year when police armed with a warrant raided Nolasco’s home.

November 2017

Paedophile caught with sick images of children on his phone

A man caught with child abuse images on his phone has been spared jail despite admitting “sexual gratification” was his motive.

Arthur Nolasco, 32, was found with 28 illegal pictures of children on his device as well as four prohibited images.

He was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on Monday after admitting three charges of possession of indecent photographs of children at an earlier hearing.

Jenny Haigh, prosecuting said Nolasco’s crimes came to light after an associate happened to look on his phone.

“What he saw gave him cause for concern,” Ms Haigh said.

“He saw what he believed were indecent images of children and notified the authorities. As a result of that a police investigation commenced.”

The court heard Nolasco accepted he was responsible for having two category B, and 26 category C images on his phone, as well as four prohibited photographs of children.

Andrew Turton, defending, said his client had struggled to come to terms with his need to view the images in question.

“He is a man who has suffered from mental health issues which seem to stem from a time in his life in which he lost a close relative.

“He suffered from isolation and solitude which appears to have had a detrimental affect on his emotions.

“He accepts that sexual gratification was indeed his motive in looking at images but maintains that he had no intent or aspiration to have any physical contact with children following his viewing of the images.”

Mr Turton described Nolasco as having low self-esteem and said he was diagnosed with moderate depression and anxiety by his doctor.

“He is a man of previous good character and has no previous experience of the court,” he added.

Judge Stephen Ashurst handed Nolasco, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, a two-year community order with activity requirements, telling him: “It has to be said that even a single indecent image of a child is serious.

“But I bare in mind that there were no category A images involved in this case.

“There is no evidence to show you were involved in taking any of the images nor is there any for distribution of the images.

“I am going to put you on trust in terms of a community order but I must stress to you that it is all on trust and you must adhere to it.”

Nolasco was also given a notification requirement under the Sexual Offences Act for five years and a Sexual Offences Prevention order for the same amount of time.