Paedophile spared jail after deleting pornographic internet history

Paedophile spared jail after deleting pornographic internet history

By David Parker | 25/02/2021

Paedophile spared jail after deleting pornographic internet history

 

A CONVICTED paedophile who deleted pornographic sites from his internet history because he felt “ashamed” has been warned he will be jailed if he does it again.

James Darker (37) was given an 18-month community order after he deleted history from his mobile phone in Rotherham last January and February.

Prosecutor Ms Tayo Dasaolu said Darker was given a sexual harm prevention order in April 2019 when he was convicted at Manchester Crown Court of arranging to meet a girl aged under 16 following grooming and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and was banned from deleting his internet history as part of a sexual harm prevention order.

Police called at Darker’s former Rotherham address in February last year and they checked the browsing history on his mobile phone, Ms Dasaolu said.

“A large amount of history from January 28 onwards had been deleted,” she said at Sheffield Crown Court last Tuesday (16).

“On January 8 there was only one website [in his history] that was not pornographic in nature.”

Darker told police that he had felt ashamed that someone might check and see what he had been looking at.

There was no evidence to suggest Darker had been looking at indecent images of children, the court heard.

Darker, now of Bakewell Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court to breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

He has four convictions for five previous offences, including a previous breach of the sexual harm prevention order which resulted in a six-month jail term.

Mitigating, Ms Rebecca Tanner said Darker’s life had improved since the time of the offence and he was no longer preoccupied with pornographic material.

Judge Graham Reeds said there had been nothing to bring Darker to the attention of the authorities since his latest breach and he was willing to accept that his previous prison sentence had acted as a deterrent over the last year.

“If there’s any breach, I can promise you a sentence of about six months in prison,” he said.

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