22nd May, 2019

Leamington sex offender jailed after trying to hide computer

Correspondent 17th Dec, 2016

A SEX offender who tried to hide his tablet computer when the police went to his Lillington home to check it for any illegal activity has been jailed for two months.

But that will not affect the time Dennis Ogden now has to spend inside – because it will run alongside the remaining period of his original sentence which he has been recalled to serve.

The 61 year-old, of Gresham Avenue, who was recalled to prison following his arrest at the beginning of October, will not be released until some time in January.

He appeared at Coventry Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed when he was jailed for nine months in May for possessing indecent images of children.

Under the order he was banned from taking pictures of any child without the permission of a parent or guardian, and had to make any device capable of connecting to the internet available for inspection by the police.

Prosecutor Ian Windridge said Ogden’s original offences had come to light in March last year after a member of the public became concerned about him taking pictures in a Leamington park and contacted the police.

Officers who checked his camera found nothing illegal, but the circumstances were sufficiently concerning for them to then search his home and seize a phone and computer equipment.

The court heard when the items were examined, specialist officers found movies and still images of children as young as nine or ten taking part in sex acts.

Ogden was released from prison on licence in September, and at the end of the month a laptop computer and a tablet, which had not contained indecent material, were returned to him by the police.

But a check in October found a tablet hidden in a shed which Ogden had said had been thrown away because teh screen was broken. Nothing was found on the tablet.

James Doyle, defending, explained Ogden had wanted to sell the tablet, as he was short of money after his housing benefit was stopped, and did not want police to take it away.

Jailing Ogden at the resumed hearing, Judge Barry Berlin said in view of the fact he was already being punished by having been recalled to prison, he would make the two-month sentence for the breach of the order concurrent.

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