September 2021

Police dog’s nose was the downfall of ‘high risk’ paedophile

A Northamptonshire Police dog sniffed out a Northampton sex offender’s phone, to find it filled with indecent images of children.

Steven Grosvenor was sentenced in Northampton Crown Court last week to 28 months in prison after the judge said he had the “worst record” he had ever seen of failing to comply with sexual offence court orders in 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2009.

Grosvenor, previously of Manorfield Close was already on a sexual harm prevention order in August this year, but when he refused Northamptonshire Police officers entry to his home, they were forced to obtain a warrant.

When they entered his home, he handed over one mobile phone for inspection, but the search history had been deleted – a breach of his conditions.

This caused further suspicion among officers and PD Rosie – the Force’s Digital Media dog – was deployed to search Grosvenor’s property.

She sniffed out a number of devices Grosvenor had attempted to conceal in a safe hidden inside a wardrobe including USB sticks and a laptop. Hundreds of indecent images of children were found on them all.

In court, Mr Muir, who defended Grosvenor told Judge Mayo he had “very little to say” in mitigation, simply that Grosvenor “accepted his actions” for which there was “no justification”.

Grosvenor was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment for eight charges, up to half of which will be served in custody.

He was also given another court order of sexual harm prevention.