Witney Pervert’s Chromebook Found Under Mattress

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A convicted pedophile ordered himself a Chromebook and then lied to police about it – just a month after being given a suspended sentence for viewing child abuse footage.

Martyn Rodger, 26, whose financial affairs are handled by Oxfordshire County Council due to his various mental health issues, had asked his social worker for money to get the laptop last September.

The Chromebook was ordered from home in Witney by Argos in early September.

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The police were aware of the order, having been informed of it by the county council.

They expected Rodger to tell them about the new laptop. A condition of a sexual abuse prevention order, imposed a month earlier when he was given a suspended sentence for possessing indecent images, required him to register any new internet-connected device within three days .

But on September 16, when officers knocked on his door, he still hadn’t told them about the Chromebook.

Prosecutor Cathy Olliver told Oxford Crown Court Rodger initially claimed he had no new devices.

When officers found it hiding under his mattress, he claimed – incorrectly – that it had only been delivered the day before. He said he planned to declare it the next day.

He said he used the Chromebook to watch adult pornography online.

Rodger, of Eastfield Road, Witney, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to breaching his sexual abuse prevention order. Appearing in Crown Court last Friday, he was asked whether he admitted the conviction breached a 12-month suspended sentence handed down last August. He replied, “Indeed.”

Mitigating, Gordana Austin said her client suffered from a number of mental health issues, including a personality disorder.

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He spent much of his time alone in his bedroom, and his computer was his connection to the outside world. Rodger was described by his lawyer as “isolated”.

Sending him to prison for 18 months, Judge Maria Lamb told the defendant: “I am sure that was made perfectly clear to you on this occasion. [August 13, 2021, when he received the suspended sentence] what the consequences would be if you committed another offense and within a month you breached the sexual abuse prevention order that was issued on occasion in August 2021 by failing to inform you that you had a Chromebook that had internet access.

“I am quite satisfied that you knew perfectly well that you should have notified [the police of] the existence of this Chromebook.

His sexual abuse prevention order will stand and he will have to continue to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

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