April 2021

Hartlepool pervert jailed after police discover thousands of child sex abuse images

A pervert who kept thousands of the most serious child sex abuse images has been jailed for more than five years after also admitting engaging a schoolgirl in sexual activity.

Stuart Henderson, 44, from Hartlepool, kept a USB stick of depravity on his key ring.

He is now beginning five years and two months in prison after he was locked up at Teesside Crown Court after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a child and seven offences of possessing indecent images of a child and prohibited images.

Prosecutor Paul Cleasby said police were alerted about his internet activity, seized his electronic devices and discovered all of them contained images of child sex abuse.

A subsequent investigation revealed that he also engaged in sexual activity with a teenage schoolgirl.

Henderson was interviewed on two occasions and he said that he was taking drugs, used specialist software to make the images and conceded that he had a sexual interest in children.

Sam Faulks, defending, told the court that Henderson was in an unstable part of his life and taking drink and drugs.

He was now estranged from his family, lost his job and was likely to lose his mortgaged home.

Henderson had been attacked and was in fear for his safety although Mr Faulks added: “But he has brought all that upon himself.”

Judge Howard Crowson said Henderson posed a serious future risk and that his future behaviour would be monitored by experienced police and probation workers.

Henderson, of Victoria Terrace, also received a Sexual Harm Prevention Order restricting his contact with children and his use of the internet for life.

He was additionally ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

March 2021

Pervert told jail ‘highly likely’ after admitting child sex offence and having over 100,000 indecent images

A pervert has been told a prison sentence is ‘highly likely’ after pleading guilty to a child sex offence and having over 100,000 indecent images of youngsters.

Stuart Henderson, 44, admitted seven counts of making indecent images and photographs of children from between February 1 in 2008 and April 27 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual activity with a child when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday, March 1.

Henderson accepted having a total of 118,652 moving and still indecent images of children made up of 1,411 in the most serious category, 2,909 in the next, and 114,332 in the least serious categorisation.

Sentencing was adjourned for six weeks until April for a report to be prepared.

But the Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Paul Watson QC, said: “Just on a cursory glance it seems custody is highly likely.”

Henderson, of Victoria Terrace, Hartlepool, was granted bail and must sign the sex offenders register.