November 2020

Paedophile fondled girl in public then tried to have CCTV footage wiped

A convicted sex offender fondled a young girl in public then tried to have CCTV showing them together wiped.

Kristian Snowden was jailed for four and a half years in 2011 after sexually assaulting a girl and collecting child sex abuse photos

The paedophile was handed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which prevents him from contacting any child under 16.

But he started grooming and then molesting another young victim, a girl whose parents had no idea what was going on in secret.

Liverpool Crown Court heard his sick crimes came to light when the girl revealed the abuse to a safeguarding officer at her school.

John Wyn Williams, prosecuting, said the girl told the officer the 47-year-old “touched her boobs and legs but they hadn’t s******”.

Her phone was examined by the police, who discovered inappropriate WhatsApp messages and naked photos sent by Snowden.

Snowden, of Bridgenorth Road, Pensby, Wirral, told the girl he was aroused by her and referred to the idea of them sharing a bed.

Mr Wyn Williams said: “There was reference to the defendant having an erection and reference to them sharing a bed together and that he couldn’t trust himself.”

The girl told the police that after exchanging sexualised messages Snowden had gone on to kiss her and touch her chest area.

The court heard there was an occasion when Snowden was challenged by a witness, who saw him touching the girl inappropriately.

Mr Wyn Williams said CCTV cameras captured him with the child and Snowden later returned to the location and asked that the tape be destroyed.

Mr Wyn Williams said CCTV cameras captured him with the child and Snowden later returned to the location in an effort to have the tape deleted.

The court heard there were WhatsApp chats that suggested Snowden sent the girl a picture of his penis and told her he became aroused thinking of her.

Mr Wyn Williams said he also sent her a photo of his genitalia inviting the girl to touch him “whenever you want” and messages that suggested they had exchanged sexual photos.

When arrested and interviewed by police, Snowden said he thought the girl was 16 before answering “no comment” to the remaining questions.

In a victim personal statement, the girl said the messages from Snowden became increasingly inappropriate.

Mr Wyn Williams said: “She describes herself as being unsure and scared of what to do.”

She said her relationship with her family was affected, she struggled to focus on school and suffered from panic attacks.

He said an aggravating feature of the case was Snowden’s attempt to dispose of or conceal evidence.

Snowden admitted two counts of breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), three counts of sexual activity with a child and five counts of sexual communication with a child.

However, Judge Anil Murray said he had read a pre-sentence report in which it was said Snowden “minimised his behaviour, failed to take responsibility and sets out something of what might be a basis of plea, saying he thought she was 16 and she instigated it”.

Judge Murray said Snowden was a “dangerous” offender and jailed him for three years and four months, with an extended four years on licence.

This type of sentence means he will spend at least two thirds of the custodial term – just over two years and two months – behind bars.

Snowden will then only be released before the end of his sentence if a parole board considers he is no longer a risk.

Judge Murray said Snowden must sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life and comply with a SOPO indefinitely.