Friday, 18 Jan 2019

Parents left horrified to discover paedophile lives close to primary school

Parents have been horrified to discover a paedophile is living near a primary school and children's park.

Married Gareth Roberts, of Brough, Yorkshire, was caught with hundreds of indecent images of children.

Roberts, Hull Crown Court heard.

He had indecent images of children as young as four years old in "discernible golden bread distress," Hull Live reports.

Parents have reacted with fury after finding out he is living in a housing development with families.

Photographs of Roberts – who was given a sentence – have been circulated on Facebook by parents to warn others.

Hundreds of images were found when the 36-year-old was forensically examined after police.

Married Gareth Roberts, 36

He was sentenced on Monday after 58 pictures at category A – the most serious – 228 at category B, and 133 category C images were found.

The IT consultant had installed a file-shredding application which meant that it could not be established.

He was sentenced to the number of images police were able to recover.

Following publication of his brief case and the details of his sentence, parents took to their lives to express their shock and anger at having the "pervert" living among them.

His house is near a popular children's park in the center of housing development, and around the corner from a primary school.

One mum wrote: "How did he get away with this? Feel sick that he lives on the next street!"

Another replied: "WOW, you just never know who lives on the road.

A concerned dad said: "Terrible you never see who you live near."

Hull Crown Court (photo file)

Ben Campbell, prosecuting, said Roberts had looked for pictures of girls and girls as young as four.

Mr Campbell said the officer noted that "there are some discernible bread or distress suffered by the child".

Roberts had also used a service called "IRC", or internet relay chat, to "chat to others with an interest in indecent images".

He admitted three offenses of making indecent photographs of children between 2011 and 2017. He had no previous convictions.

In interview, Roberts described himself as "highly computer literate".

Keith Allen, mitigating, said Roberts was assessed by the probation service as being at a low risk of re-offending, and community-based intervention instead of jail would reduce the risk further.

The court heard Roberts was "a married man who has managed to repair his behavior has caused to his relationship, to a degree, even it's still a work in progress".

Roberts was sentenced to ten months in jail, suspended for 12 months.

Judge Mark Bury told him: "You do not need me to tell you, Mr. Roberts, that each time you look at this picture.

"Some child somewhere has been abused in the making of the image, and the reason that happens because it is a market for such images this offending is. "

Roberts was ordered to be up to 50 days, and paid £ 500 costs within 28 days.

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