July 2021

Elderly paedophile jailed after leaving folders named ‘naughty boys’ in his computer’s recycle bin

A convicted paedophile has been put back behind bars after files named ‘naughty boys’ were discovered on his laptop.

Robert Humble, 71, was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order after being convicted of child sex offences.

Teesside Crown Court heard how he was jailed for two years and six months in 2019 for causing or inciting a male under 16 to engage in sexual activity, making indecent images of children and possessing prohibited images.

Emma Atkinson told the court how his computer was checked as part of the order in April this year.

She said two files were found in the recycling bin which were named ‘naughty boys’ and ‘naughty boys 2’.

Ms Atkinson said: “He was arrested and he replied ‘It’s out of habit’.

“He was then further cautioned and arrested to which he replied ‘I thought I had deleted those’.”

Ms Atkinson told the court how Humble said he deleted them to avoid being the “old me” and being a “sexual predator”.

The court in Middlesbrough heard how he had already breached the order on three occasions in January.

She said that Humble told officers that he only had a laptop and a phone at his property.

However another mobile phone, a a USB stick and a rewriteable DVD were found in his cupboard.

Ms Atkinson said: “He accepted he had been in possession but said he wasn’t aware they were in his home and would have been removed as part of the earlier investigation.”

She said his basis of plea was not initially examined by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), but they accepted it when they examination the devices revealed the phone had not been used since 2017 and the last files were stored on the USB stick in 2014.

The court heard how Humble’s laptop was checked by a supervising officer during a review on March 30 and they had concerns regarding a number of items on his desktop.

Ms Atkinson said that when the officer, who went to seek advice, returned to examine the device a second time in April 1 and the deleted files were found in the recycling bin.

Humble of no fixed address, admitted four breaches of a sexual harm prevention order.

He appeared at the court to be sentenced on Tuesday via a video link to HMP Northumberland.

Judge Jonathan Carroll told the court that he committed the later offence after he had already been charged with the previous offences.

He said he accepted the “rather unusual” circumstances of the previous breaches but said that the final one was “serious”.

Judge Carroll said it was a “conscious and deliberate” attempt to step outside the control measures of the order which had been put in place to monitor his behaviour.

Humble was sentenced to eight months in prison.