August 2020

Paedophile’s ‘fantasy’ chats to fellow pervert about little boys and laptop device to hide his searches

A dad who discussed extremely young children during a paedophilic conversation with another man has been spared jail.

Richard Bond was found with 77 indecent images of children – 15 category A (the most serious), 35 category B and 27 category C.

The 55-year-old also had 63 prohibited images of young boys in swim wear from a Russian website.

Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough heard how Bond’s offending went back to 2013.

Jonathan Walker, prosecuting, told the court how police attended his home address on January 24 last year.

Officers seized a black HP laptop and discovered that it contained a device which attempted to conceal what the user searched for.

Mr Walker told the court how police also found a chat between Bond and a man from Hull.

He said the discussion was of a “highly paedophilic nature” and was about “extremely young children”.

Mr Walker said the view taken by the police was that the conversation, which took place in 2018, was primarily “fantasy”.

Bond, of Coxwold Drive, Darlington, admitted three offences of making indecent images and the possession of prohibited images.

Judge Stephen Ashurst told Bond that he has lost his good name in the community.

He said: “The offending spans a long period of time, going back to 2013, that over recent years you have developed this unhealthy interest – in young boys in particular.”

Judge Ashurst Bond told the court that Bond has been “unusually frank” with the probation service about his problem.

He said if he was to send him to prison it would be a short sentence served with offenders with similar, or more serious, convictions.

Judge Ashurst sentenced Bond to eight months in prison suspended for two years with 45 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Bond will also have to abide by a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.