June 2019

Jail for paedophile who tried to cover his tracks

A convicted paedophile has been locked for viewing indecent images of children while under supervision for similar offences.

Aldo Vecchio breached an order banning him from deleting the internet history of any devices he owned, which was put in place after previous offences.

He admitted downloading indecent images and breaching the Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) when he was up before Caernarfon Crown Court for sentence today.

The 51-year-old, formerly of Llandudno , was jailed for a total of eight months.

The judge, Mr Recorder Simon Mills, said: “You could have told your offender manager or a police officer you were having urges to view this kind of material. Instead you told yourself, ‘I won’t get caught’.

“You have a fixation to this type of material and this was the flouting of a court order to prevent being caught.

“You’ve been given a Community Order before but you have to learn that offending in this way has consequnces. If you offend again the sentences will get longer and longer.”

Richard Edwards, prosecuting, said the order prevented Vecchio from deleting the browsing history of any device connected to the internet.

The order followed Vecchio’s guilty plea to downloading indecent images of children in May 2016, for which he received a three year Community Order and the SHPO.

He said the current matter came to light in March this year when his partner found out about the conviction. An USB pen drive was checked in a laptop and both were found to be clear of files and folders.

“A further search revealed a number o video clips had been accessed late at night and the titles of these videos gave rise for concern and the police were alerted.

“When the police spoke with the defendant he said the material was present from the previous conviction but the device was seized and examined by the high tech unit and this was found not to be the case,” said Mr Edwards.

Further examination by the police experts found 19 indecent images of children, predominantly female teenagers aged between 12 and 16, were found.

The judge remarked 350 other files with titles indicative of indecent images could not be accessed by the experts.

Vecchio, who now lives in Huddersfield, must also comply with a further Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the next 10 years. He must register as a sex offender for the same period.