Convicted sex offender found with indecent images jailed

PUBLISHED: 14:22 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:22 14 February 2014

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Great Yarmouth man found with indecent images of children on his computer and had also been posing as a 12 year-old on chatroom sites.

A convicted sex offender was found to have indecent images of children on his computer and had been posing as a 12 year-old on chatroom sites, a court heard.

Paul Weekley, 54, who had a previous conviction for possessing indecent images of children, was “nervous” when officers arrived at his address to make a check on him and although he at first denied having access to the internet, they found he did have a computer which contained two indecent images of children, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Ben Brighouse, prosecuting, said Weekley also admitted to officers that he visited chatrooms posing as a 12-year-old to engage other children in conversation.

“He explained he would try to chat with them to push the boundaries. He would try to obtain images from them .”

Mr Brighouse said that Weekley also admitted swapping and distributing images with others.

The court heard that Weekley had been convicted in 2011 of possessing indecent images of children and had attended an internet sex offenders treatment programme, although he had not completed the course when he committed the further offences.

Weekley of Middlegate, Great Yarmouth, admitted possessing and making indecent images and also breaching his sexual offences prevention order.

Jailing him for 16 months and making him subject to the sexual offences prevention order for life, Judge Nicholas Coleman said although he had attended a course to help him stop re-offending, he had gone on to commit further offences.

He said: “What you did was in flagrant breach of the assistance that was being offered to you.”

Judge Coleman said although Weekley had not met up with any children in person he had been distributing images to others.

“You were also involved in a deceit pretending to be a 12 year-old.”

He said as Weekley was acting in such a devious way he regarded him as “rather dangerous.”

Jude Durr, for Weekley, said that he was a vulnerable and isolated person.

“He is limited academically. He is on any view a vulnerable adult in his own right.”

Mr Durr said that Weekley’s partner, who had sight problems relied on him for support.

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