August 2021

‘Committed paedophile’ who abused Derby woman had baby rape images

A “committed paedophile” who subjected a Deaf and autistic Derby woman to years of abuse had images of baby rape on his mobile phone.

Derby Crown Court heard how thousands of vile child abuse movies and photographs were found when police were finally able to crack into Craig Barton’s device.

His sentencing hearing was told how he refused to give them the PIN, knowing precisely what they would find.

And a judge told the 38-year-old sex offender what the defendant was viewing was “depraved beyond belief”.

Earlier this year Barton, who was living in the Holiday Inn at Pride Park, was jailed for three years after breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

Now the horrific images have been found and analysed he has had an extra year added to that.

Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “You appear to be a committed paedophile and you will be a registered sex offender for the rest of your life.

“You refused to give the police your PIN but when they got into the phone they found 2,801 category A (the most serious) images and films, 1,926 category B and 4,064 category C.

“Just a description of some of them, a baby under the age of one being raped, are unfathomable.

“It is absolutely disgusting, it’s depraved beyond belief.”

Steffan Fox, prosecuting this week, said police went to the Holiday Inn, where Barton was staying, on September 25 last year after receiving information an email address linked to him had been downloading the vile child abuse.

He said the defendant would not tell them the PIN to gain access to his phone saying he would “rather take a breach” of his lifetime sexual harm prevention order.

Mr Fox said as well as the thousands of images there were also extreme pornographic images of adult humans engaged in sexual conduct with animals.

Barton pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children and possessing the extreme pornography.

Defending himself over the link from HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton, where he is currently incarcerated, he was asked what he had to say about the offending.

“Since I was last sentenced I have started a new relationship with a woman and I have been totally honest with her about my offending.

“She has been very supportive and has helped me find and work with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (a charity which works at trying to rehabilitate child sex offenders).”

Barton’s sexual harm prevention order will remain in place for the rest of his life.

March 2021

Holiday Inn pervert breached sex offenders prevention order

A cynical child sex offender housed in a Derby hotel refused to give police access to a mobile phone in case they found illegal abuse images on it.

Derby Crown Court heard how Craig Barton told officers he would “rather take the breach” than allow them his PIN number so they could find out what was on the device.

At the time they had swooped on the Derby hotel where the 38-year-old was housed after being released from prison just four months before for more child sex offences.

Jailing him for three years, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “Police attended your accommodation because an email address registered to you had been used to access child pornography.

“You had a phone capable of accessing the internet and when the police asked you for the PIN number you made what, in my judgement, was a cynical decision to balance what the likely sentence would be if the police examined your phone.

“In your own words ‘I would rather take the breach’ and you took a calculated view not to disclose to the police what was on that phone.”

Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, outlined the defendant’s past offending in relation to downloading child abuse images.

She said he was jailed for two years in February 2015 at Leicester Crown Court for 10 offences of making indecent images of children.

Miss Wilson said as part of that he was handed a sexual offences prevention order – later a sexual harm prevention order – for an indefinite period.

She said after being released from the first sentence he twice breached that order and was jailed for a year in 2016.

Miss Wilson said he received another 16 months in May 2017 for more child abuse image offences which was also later breached.

Then, in June 2019 Barton was jailed at Aylesbury Crown Court for more indecent child images offences.

Miss Wilson said: “After being released from that sentenced he was first sent to a hostel in the Thames Valley area and then placed at a Holiday Inn in Derby.

“On February 9, 2021, police went there after an email address registered to the defendant was linked to downloading child sexual abuse images

“He was arrested and two mobile phones were seized, one of which was capable of accessing the internet which was a breach of his order as he was supposed to tell the police he had it.

“When he was asked what the PIN number was he refused saying to them ‘I would rather take the breach’.

“Police are still making efforts to access the phone but there is not much optimism they will be able to without the PIN number.”

Barton pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of his sexual harm prevention order.