Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email There's no denying they are out there and a count of the number of court cases relating to sexual offences that Cornwall Live has covered over the past two years makes for grim reading. So here's a comprehensive recap of all of the sex offence cases we've reported on in and Note - Cornwall Live does everything possible to cover the vast majority of court cases that take place in the county, however it is possible that some may have been missed due to staffing issues, lost archives or unexpected court listings.
All ages were correct at the time of sentencing. Daniel John Hendra was accused of trying to pay a year-old boy for sexual services, telling him he could earn money any time he wanted. The year-old from Coronation Close, Helston , also met up with a year-old, giving him money to strip and take part in a sex act. But he was caught out when police set up a fake identity - a fictitious year-old called Harry - and lured him to his arrest.
Hendra admitted two counts of paying a child for sexual services and one of trying to, as well as child porn and grooming offences. He was sentenced to six years' in jail, with another six years to serve on extended licence, at Truro Crown Court. But after an appeal by his lawyers, the jail term was cut to five years and the licence period also to five years. Jason Williams, 37, was arrested after police acted on information they had been given and searched his home, Truro Crown Court heard.
Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the officers seized a laptop computer and a hard drive for forensic examination. It was found that Williams was also in the process of growing cannabis. Mr Lee said Williams had 22 plants and said that he was growing them for his own use. In interview he admitted that he had been viewing child pornography for about four years and that he used peer-to-peer software, which he had installed initially to download music but had later used to search for child abuse images.
He said he was sexually aroused by the material. The court heard the photographs downloaded by Williams to his computer included images in all of the categories used by police to classify such material, including images in the most serious category. Williams, of Prospect Place, admitted four counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornographic images.
He pleaded guilty to producing the Class B drug cannabis. Williams, who was representing himself at the hearing because of the cost of hiring a lawyer, declined to say anything in mitigation. Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said: The court heard the charges involved images of children which ranged across all three categories from the least serious to the most extreme.
The offences date between January and September The court heard Lawman had moved to Kenya but was back in the UK to hear civil proceedings from his recent divorce. Fred Howell, for the defence, said Lawman had remarried to a Kenyan woman in March and had moved to the African country. Judge Alan Large asked if there was any concern about Lawman failing to return to the UK for sentencing and was told he had obeyed all previous bail requirements.
But prosecutor Philip Lee said: I accept there's been no difficulty so far, but he now, having pleaded guilty to serious offences, may have to return to Kenya and have second thoughts about returning, which is entirely normal. Read More William Alcock William Alcock A man from St Austell was jailed for 14 years after brutally raping a woman in front of her six-year-old child.
Truro Crown Court heard that William John Alcock, 33, subjected his victim to multiple and "deliberately painful and humiliating" assaults - one of which was in front of the child. Judge Simon Carr said the traumatised youngster had been interviewed by police and had "tried to describe something no six year old should ever have seen". He added that the case also had other "significant" aggravating factors including the consumption of alcohol by Alcock and the level of violence he used to hurt and "punish" the woman.
Sentencing Alcock, who was found guilty by a jury, to 14 years for each of three counts of rape and six years for one count of assault by penetration, to run concurrently, Judge Carr said he posed a "significant and serious" danger to women and will be registered as a sex offender for life.
Truro Crown Court heard Stephen Gilbert "terrified" his victim and covered her face as he forced himself upon her. Heather Hope, prosecuting, said the year-old assaulted the girl after asking if she "wanted to play some games". Mrs Hope said Gilbert asked the victim if she had "enjoyed it", adding: The court heard she had been left "terrified of speaking to anybody [about the rape]" because she feared she would be "blamed".
Mrs Hope said the victim's mother described Gilbert as a "monster" and said he had caused her family considerable pain and suffering. Passing sentence, Judge Simon Carr told him that he knew what he did was wrong and that is why he covered the victim's face. He added that the hurt and pain he had caused the girl would be long-lasting if not permanent. Sentencing him to 15 years in prison, Judge Carr told Gilbert he will serve at least half of that time before he will be eligible to be released on licence.
Simon Hand, 31, of Wesley Street, Redruth , was sentenced at Truro Crown Court after previously being found guilty by a jury of seven counts of making the images.
All of the offences took place in Looe between October and May The court heard how Hand was disappointed with the decision of the jury and still not willing to accept his guilt. Richard Smith, QC, defending Hand, said he had self-imposed an internet ban since his arrest and already signed a sexual harm prevention order.
Sir John Royce, sitting as a deputy High Court judge, conceded that the images were relatively small in number and Hand was previously a man of good character. Stephen Webb, 35, of Appin Gadens, Redruth , was introduced to the victim and her boyfriend by a friend and then plied the teenagers with vodka and energy drinks, continually topping up their glasses throughout the night, Truro Crown Court heard.
The victim, who was barely 16 at the time of the crime in , then became ill and vomited in the toilet before returning to the room where they had gathered only for Webb to continue to supply her with alcohol.
Prosecuting Webb, Jo Martin, said at the sentencing hearing: He then entered the room, shut the door and laid with her before lifting up her top and bra and licking her breast. During the ordeal the victim's boyfriend knocked on the door to check on her, Webb telling him that they had not yet finished chatting while she was still unable to process what was happening.
Ms Martin added that the victim then began to come around, pushing him away and screaming for help from her boyfriend who then rushed to her aid. The crime was immediately reported to the police by the couple and a DNA swab found traces of Webb's semen on her skin. The court was told of Webb's lengthy record of similar offences including sexual assault, indecent assault and exposure. The crime also placed in him breach of a month suspended sentence for sexual assault issued seven months previously.
Sentencing Webb, Judge Simon Carr said he had no doubt that alcohol was provided to aid a sexual assault on a young girl and that the intervention of others was the only thing that stopped the attempted rape from progressing. Judge Carr sentenced Webb to nine years in prison, of which he must serve at least two thirds, with a further five years extended period on license.
He was also told that he must sign the sex offenders register for life. Read More Party-goer Nicolae Albesteanu smashed glass over guest's face after being called a slave Anthony Roy Coveyduck A paedophile was caught with indecent images of children as young as eight on his computer - after he took it to a shop to be repaired. Anthony Roy Coveyduck, a former businessman in the mining industry who was previously caught with child pornography, took his laptop to be fixed and ended up before magistrates at Truro charged with permitting indecent photographs of a child to be taken and with possessing a prohibited image of a child, between and He pleaded guilty to both offences.
Alison May, for the CPS, said the permitting offence against the year-old Forth Noweth, Redruth, involved him receiving an image, with no suggestion that he had taken or distributed the photographs. He had illegal images of children aged between 8 and 12 years. When staff at the repair shop saw his laptop contained illegal content they contacted the police, who seized and examined the machine, revealing two indecent images of children and another of prohibited material.
Coveyduck told the police he did not remember the specific images, did not realise cartoon images were illegal, had not deliberately looked at children and must have downloaded them when they turned up on to his machine. He never had a specific interest in children. He admitted he searched for and watched adult pornographic material on a weekly basis.
He looked at the material because he was curious. Coveyduck had a police caution in for possession of an indecent photograph of a child. Coveyduck was given a one-year community order with an internet sex offender treatment programme and was made subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years. He will also have to register as a sex offender. Married father of three Geoffrey Grimster-Shepherd, from Torpoint, shared sick online chats with a woman in which he detailed his warped intentions with her young stepdaughter.
These included her dressing in her school uniform and denim miniskirts while they performed sex acts on each other. The year-old, who served as a chief petty officer on the Hunter-Killer fleet of nuclear submarines, also lusted after having full sex with the youngster and sharing a threesome with her and her stepmum.
He even said he would "bring on her puberty" and wanted to be her boyfriend. But, unbeknown to the pervert, the woman he was communicating with and knew as Tracey was an undercover cop - and her stepdaughter 'Katy' did not exist.
He was arrested after travelling from his family home in Cornwall to Gillingham in Kent, where he had arranged to meet Tracey. It was while having a coffee in McDonald's and after he had once more detailed his evil desires - telling Tracey he was "turned on" at the thought of them - that officers swooped. Police later found almost 3, images and movie clips of children being subjected to horrific abuse on his Samsung Notebook and memory sticks.
Some of the victims were babies, others no more than two years old. Maidstone Crown Court heard Grimster-Shepherd had also engaged in similar online chats with 12 other people who offered their children for abuse.
But there was no evidence that he had ever met up with anyone other than 'Tracey'. Grimster-Shepherd, of Chestnut Close, admitted two offences of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and 10 of possessing indecent photographs of children. A judge, having concluded he represented a danger to the public, imposed an extended sentence of imprisonment totalling seven years and eight months.
He must serve two-thirds of the custodial term of four years and eight months before becoming eligible for parole, with a further three years added to any licence period. There were a total of 2, stills and movie clips which covered all levels of seriousness. Dowling, now 80, was already serving a seven-year prison sentence for abusing boys during his career as a teacher in the s.
He admitted those offences last year. He was later convicted of a further six charges relating to the indecent assault of a boy under the age of 14 between and Read More Judge Simon Carr told him: He attended church for help and guidance and what he found was you. He enjoyed your company.
But you abused him over a period of four years, from the age of You enjoyed not only the sexual gratification, but also the risk. He will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of that term. The boy, now in his fifties, made his complaint to police after reading news reports of the previous court case.
Two further charges of gross indecency, which Dowling also denied, were withdrawn at the end of the trial. Read More A Truro Crown Court jury of seven women and five men took just over two hours to reach its unanimous guilty verdict. The four-day trial heard the man describe how Dowling earned his trust and but at the same time indecently assaulted him regularly.