August 2010

Serial pervert was attracted to girls as young as 8

A SERIAL pervert, who admitted he was sexually attracted to girls aged 8 to 12 after police found 810 indecent images in his Derby home, has been jailed.

Derby Crown Court heard that former music teacher and Green Party candidate Gary Anderson had been convicted in 2000 and 2003 for similar offences.

Anderson, 44, who changed his name from Simeon Hope following his arrest in 2002, wrote an open letter to The Northern Echo in 1998 – before any of his convictions – complaining that “children were over-protected by society”.

But when the 44-year-old was interviewed by police about his latest offence, he mocked his previous prison sex offender treatment programme, saying it was “run by fools” and that he “kept his real thoughts to himself.”

Recorder Peter Joyce jailed Anderson for nine months and issued him for the first time with a sexual offences prevention order, meaning police could monitor him more closely on his release from prison.

He said: “He blames society’s attitudes rather than believing he is in the wrong. Here is a man who fantasises about young girls in a perverted manner.

“He says he feels persecuted (for his urges) in the same way that gay people did. Simply having these urges, having these thoughts, is wrong.”

Grace Hale, for the prosecution, told the court that police swooped on Anderson’s home in Osmaston Road and discovered the images on two laptops and a memory stick.

She said: “A police examiner also searched for chat logs and found evidence of chat room activity on child sex websites.

“On one chat log the defendant wrote ‘I used to be a teacher and met a lot of really hot kids but little happened because I was too aware of the risks here in the UK’. In another (talking about his prison treatment programme) he wrote, ‘My strategy is to tell these lovely, caring people what they like to hear. My real thoughts I keep to myself and for here.

“I want to be regarded as low risk, so that I can lead a more normal life’.

“He was arrested and admitted downloading the images and that he had a sexual attraction to children.”

Anderson admitted seven counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing them.

The court heard that Anderson was caught with more than 5,000 indecent images on a computer and three photo albums in 1999 for which he was jailed for 18 months by Durham Crown Court.

After being released he was then sentenced to another 18 months by Derby Crown Court and disqualified from working with children for life after officers discovered 149 indecent images again on a computer.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Paul Stevenson, of Derbyshire police, said: “The nine-month sentence is acceptable as the judge has to stick to guidelines. But the important thing to us is the sex offenders’ prevention order, the exact conditions and details of which we are waiting to find out.”