Blyth pervert caught with second time child abuse footage jailed


A pervert caught with child abuse images for the second time was jailed.

Robert Curtis had been locked up in 2015 and was subject to strict rules on his internet use designed to prevent him from reoffending.

But a routine risk assessment found he had recovered and was using data deletion software.

Now the 57-year-old isolated man, from Blyth, Northumberland, has been locked up for 16 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

Kevin Wardlaw, prosecutor, said it was in 2015 at Aylesbury Crown Court that Curtis was jailed for 12 months for seven offenses of making and possessing indecent images. He also received a Sexual Injury Prevention Order and the terms included that he should not delete his internet history.

In January 2019, police visited her home to do a risk assessment and found a picture of a prepubescent girl on one of their devices.

Further examination revealed that he had eight of the most serious images, Category A, six Category B, and 237 Category C.

He also had 100 banned images and two extreme porn videos.

There was evidence that he had used associated search terms to search for such documents.

Curtis had used data deletion software 516 times between August 2018 and January 2019.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of producing indecent images, violating his sexual harm prevention order, possession of prohibited images and possession of extreme pornography.

In addition to the jail term, he was told that he had to sign the sex offender register for ten years, that he would be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same period and that he would he would be prohibited from working with children.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Curtis was burned as a child and was hospitalized for almost a year and was unable to speak until he was nine, then suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident.

He added: “He says he wants help.

“He is an extremely isolated person. He has always had a hard time forming relationships with other people and the scourge of this conviction has not helped him in his own community. After pleading guilty, he did it didn’t take long for a neighbor to knock on his door saying they had seen him in the newspaper.

“It forced him to lock himself up and he did his shopping in a different neighborhood.

“He is not someone who will cope easily in detention.”

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