February 2021

Fenham indecent images pervert had stash of boys’ underpants in a safe

A pervert was caught with a stash of boys’ underpants in a safe and had been searching for children’s underwear and animal pornography online.

Arran Crossling was already subject to strict controls after he was sentenced for having indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

He was supposed to register any phones or devices capable of accessing the internet with police but when officers turned up to check on him, they found he had a hidden phone.

Newcastle Crown Court heard officers who went to his home in August last year asked to look at his phone but the one he offered up was not capable of going online and had only two messages on it – to a police officer and a probation officer.

Asked how he had kept in touch with friends and family during lockdown, he said he had used WhatsApp, which requires an internet connection. He said he had used his mother’s phone.

The police noticed he had been repairing fruit machines and he said he bought parts and sold things on eBay.

Alec Burns, prosecuting, said: “They decided to arrest him and went to his room and in a bag was another phone which was connected to the internet.

“They decided to search his room. No charges arise from this but this is relevant given his history. Under the bed they found a safe and the key was found hidden in a sock.

“In the safe were male children’s underwear. Quite a number of them. They were soiled.

“Searches on his phone including searches for extreme pornography of the type he was convicted before – sex with animals.”

Mr Burns said there was also evidence he had been looking at boys underpants online.

Crossling, 47, of Silver Lonnen, Fenham, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Amanda Rippon told him: “When you have something and hide it there’s only one reason you hide it – it’s because you were looking at images of extreme pornography and looking at the underpants of boys.

“Although your sexual harm prevention order doesn’t stop you from going on the M&S website looking at the underpants of boys, it’s not a sensible thing to do because it raises suspicions.”

The judge said she would give Crossling a final chance as he has “made progress” in the last six months and he is assessed as posing a low risk of contact offences.

But Judge Rippon warned him: “This is not going to be repeated, it’s just not.

“Breaches of your sexual harm prevention order are reserved to me. That’s until 2029.

“You dare come back in front of me and you better bring a large suitcase containing everything you need for a long stay in HMP Durham, do you understand me.

“You really don’t want to come back to see me, Mr Crossling, you really don’t.”

She added that he could get a phone and use the internet for legal activities but said: “I suggest you don’t look at boys underwear on it because you are going to cause alarm bells to ring.”

Crossling was sentenced to 12 months suspended for two years with a three month tagged curfew. He must also do a sex offender group work programme and sign the sex offenders register.