A Halewood man has been jailed for breaching an order by possessing sexual images of children.
John Charles Hamilton, 40 years, of Halewood was sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, 1 February.
Hamilton pleaded guilty to breaching of Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ‘possess indecent photograph/pseudo – photograph of a child’.
The court heard that in October last year, officers conducted a routine visit to his home under the Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed on him. Officers were checking his electronic devices and noticed a screenshot of a toddler saved to his tablet which is a breach of his terms.
All his devices were seized and detectives found more images of children under 16 years on them.
The Sex Offender Unit ensure that sex offenders living in the community are closely monitored.
Detective Inspector Steven O’Neill, from the Sex Offender Unit, said, “Staff working in the Sex Offender Unit regularly conduct visits each month to ensure that offenders on the Sexual Harm Prevention Order living in the community are closely monitored.
“Officers also work closely with partners in probation and housing to ensure that the public are protected and risk of further offending is minimised.”
Sex offending has such a huge and terrible impact on victims, and police are determined to continue looking to innovative new ways of identifying repeat offenders at the earliest possible opportunity, to prevent young people coming to further harm from abuse and exploitation.
If you are a child or young person suffering sexual or physical abuse, the following organisations can also provide help and support:
NSPCC – call 0808 800 5000 or e-mail email@example.com
Childline – call 0800 1111
If you’ve been affected by sexual violence of any kind don’t be afraid to tell someone, find the courage to come forward and get the help you deserve.
You can report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences anonymously here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/advice/rape-sexual-assault-and-other-sexual-offences/how-to-report-rape-sexual-assault-other-sexual-offences/
There is a lot of support available from specialist officers within Merseyside Police and through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim Care Merseyside service delivered jointly by two registered charities.
In Liverpool, Sefton, and Wirral, support is provided by Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (RASA) Merseyside who are available on 0151 558 1801 and, in St Helens and Knowsley, by the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063.