July 7th 2017…Hull Magistrates court
James Temple, 71, of Alexandra Street, west Hull, was fined £120 for failing to complete his annual notification requirements as a sex offender. He must pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.
West Hull child rapist James Temple avoids prison after downloading indecent pictures on Facebook
UNDER SUPERVISION: James Temple.
A CHILD rapist who downloaded indecent images from Facebook has been spared jail.
James Temple, 69, was jailed for 12 years in 1999 for raping a 14-year-old girl and other sex offences against young girls.
He was placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely and was released halfway through his sentence.
But after a tip-off to police, he was visited at his home in Alexandra Street, west Hull, in April last year, and was found to have been downloading indecent images.
Nigel Clive, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court: “His risk management team attended this defendant’s house in April.
“The police had been told that this defendant was on Facebook and the police wished to have a look at his activities.”
Referring to his earlier offending, Mr Clive said: “Perhaps it’s not necessary for me to outline those details in court.”
Judge Kate Buckingham said: “Twelve years. The sentence speaks for itself.”
Following the police visit, Temple’s laptop was taken away for forensic analysis and was found to contain ten indecent images, but only three were visible and the rest were inaccessible.
The images were of girls aged between 13 and 15 and were defined as Category C, the lowest in terms of seriousness.
Mr Clive said Temple told police in interview he had “tried to search for pornography but didn’t really know what he was doing, so became sexually frustrated and therefore enjoyed looking at the images he had downloaded. The images, he said, were downloaded from a site on Facebook, and also as part of a DVD he said he had acquired”.
Temple admitted four counts of making indecent photographs of children.
Paul Norton, for Temple, said: “Since his arrest he has deprived himself of all computer use; he has no wi-fi and he in no way views pornography of any kind.
“I would suggest that a sentence of immediate imprisonment would pose greater dangers to the public than any other possible sentence available to your honour this morning.
“It is all too likely that Mr Temple would lose his accommodation and be at risk of solitude and homelessness upon his release, perhaps making further offending far more likely.”
The judge told Temple: “The offences to which you have pleaded guilty are serious offences – they involve the exploitation of children.”
A report recommended Temple be placed under supervision.
Sentencing Temple to a 36-month community order, the judge said: “I consider that it is in the public interest that you are firmly on the radar of the probation service, and in those circumstances I do accede to the recommendation that has been made.”
Temple will be placed under supervision and must also attend the Northumbria sex offenders programme – a course he has completed before.
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