December 2020

Gateshead paedophile caught with indecent images spared jail 

A pervert that admitted being sexually attracted to kids and who was caught with a vile stash of indecent images of children has avoided prison

A judge decided to give Christopher Newby, a chance to get help to tackle his ‘deviant behaviour’.

The 33-year-old was found to have scores of indecent ‘movies’ of a child graded as category A, the worst level of child pornography, when police searched his Gateshead home.

Newby, who suffers from a number of health problems, also had an illegal ‘extreme pornographic image, involving an animal.

Newcastle Crown Court was told that when officers asked if he had a sexual interest in children he replied: “Unfortunately yes I do.”

Newby, of Trimdon Grove in Wrekenton, pleaded guilty to four offences, the most serious of which would normally result in a prison sentence

But the judge, Recorder Toby Hedworth QC, decided jail was not the best place for him.

In handing Newby a community order that would require him to get help to deal with his sick behaviour, he said: “A prison term in my view would not do the most important thing for society, which is deterring you from continuing to behave in this sort of way.

“I’m going to deviate from the sentencing guidelines, because in my judgement this is a better and more appropriate way of dealing with you than a prison sentence.”

Gurjot Kaur, prosecuting, explained how Newby’s indecent images were found.

She said: “At 9.30am police officers officers had cause to attend the defendant’s home where he lives with his mother. A house search was carried out, devices were seized and he was arrested and taken to Forth Banks Police Station.”

Newby initially denied that the images were his, the court heard.

But when he was interviewed again in May he admitted he had not told the truth, and this is when he admitted his sexual interest in youngsters.

When Newby’s devices were examined 77 images of children were found. Of these 72 were graded as ‘category A’ and five as ‘category B’

Ms Kaur said: “There are a number of aggravating factors. The age and vulnerability of the children depicted. Some appeared to be as young as two or three years old, moving up to 14-years-old. The longest video was 17 minutes 39 seconds.”

Newby pleaded guilty to two offences of making indecent images of a child, one of possessing a prohibited image of a child, and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Recorder Hedworth sentenced him to a 36 month community order, which required him the complete a programme designed to address what the judge described as his ‘deviant behaviour’.

He said: “I’m of the view that somebody who offends in the way he does, that has not been before the courts before, is unlikely to emerge from what would be a relatively short prison sentence.

“I take the view that the sentence is best served by allowing those with the appropriate skills to work long term with the defendant to change his behaviour. If that means I have to deviate from the sentencing guidelines I take the view I’m entitled to and I should.”

Newby was also given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.