August 2019

Already convicted sex offender caught by paedophile hunting team

An already convicted paedophile who was banned from the internet has been jailed after he was caught attempting to groom a young girl online

Carl Cracknell, aged 34, of Weymouth appeared at a local Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a number of sexual offences

The court heard that in October 2018, Cracknell had contacted the online profile of who he believed was a ten year old girl and from the offset made it clear his intention of grooming the child for sexual activity

He pestered the young girl to send him nude pictures of herself and went on to send a image of his penis.

Cracknell who has a conviction for possession of indecent images of children and two convictions for breaching previous sexual harm prevention orders instructed the girl on how to masturbate herself, before attempting to incite the child into meeting him. 

However, the child did not exist and was instead an adult member of paedophile hunting team ‘Phoenix Predator Hunters’ who pose online as children to catch perverts who target kids

Due to his previous offending, the team to hand their evidence into police, who in turn arrested Cracknell and seized his internet capable devices. Those devices were downloaded and due to the evidence produced, Cracknell pleaded guilty. 

The judge handed Cracknell an 18 month custodial sentence 

Cracknell was told that his sexual harm prevention order would be extended as would his time on the sex offenders register.

April 2018

Sex offender sent to jail after he breached order banning him from using the internet

A sex offender has been sent to jail after he breached an order banning him from using the internet.

Carl Cracknell, aged 33, and of Blackberry Lane, Weymouth was sentenced to four months in prison after he was found in possession of a laptop.

Weymouth Magistrates Court heard Cracknell was found in possession of a Compaq laptop on February 27, which breached a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) imposed by Bournemouth Crown Court in 2016.

Cracknell admitted the breach.

Richard Oakley, prosecuting, said on November 25, 2016, Cracknell appeared in court for the possession of indecent photographs of children, extreme pornography and indecent pseudo-photographs.

Cracknell was issued with an SHPO which banned him from having any device with internet access. He was also banned from possessing a device that can store images.

During a safeguarding visit, police found a laptop computer running at Cracknell’s home address. Cracknell was taken for an interview and admitted he had purchased the laptop six weeks before.

Mr Oakley said it was the second time Cracknell had breached the order, as on November 3 last year, he was given an internet enabled mobile telephone which he used as his own for a week.