Roy Stobbs of Meltham

A Meltham man has been jailed for nine months after he was convicted of having indecent images of children on his computers for the second time in four years.

August 2014

Roy Stobbs was already a convicted sex offender when he was given a three-year community order at Bradford Crown Court in 2010 for making and possessing indecent photographs.

But a further 87 indecent images were found when police seized two computers from his home in 2011.

Some of the images involved children as young as three.

A jury unanimously found Stobbs guilty last month at Leeds Crown Court on 25 specimen charges of making indecent images and one of breaching a sexual offences prevention order made in 2010 barring him from accessing such material.

Appearing at the same court for sentence Stobbs, 63, of The Hollow, Meltham, was told by Judge Robert Bartfield that in spite of that earlier order he had “continued with this misconduct only a year later.”

He said the jury had not accepted the suggestion that the images were already on the secondhand computers and it appeared he had now tried to excuse his actions to a probation officer as research to test if he still had such interests.

“But as you know the law prohibits you from doing this and you have allowed your compulsion to overwhelm your knowledge that you should not be accessing these images. I agree with your counsel you are simply in denial.”

He said some of the delay in the case being heard was due to that denial rather than owning up to what he had done sooner and there now had to be a jail sentence.

The court heard the images found in 2011 were at the lowest level involving partially-clothed and naked children in suggestive poses, some as young as three.

They were found on two second hand computers following routine visits and examination showed internet searches had made for “nude boy” and other related terms.

Former self employed electrician Stobbs had also used a secure file deletion software programme on one of the computers to “effectively hide the images” said the judge.

The searches were made after his 2010 conviction for making indecent images of children and one charge of possessing 6,879 such images. Stobbs also had a previous conviction for indecent assault on a male under 16 in 1981 for which he received probation.

Glenn Parsons, representing Stobbs, said he had not committed any offences since 2011 and the case had been hanging over him for a considerable period partly due to the backlog of cases dealing with computer crime.

He urged the court not to jail Stobbs immediately but allow him to benefit from programmes now running to confront such behaviour.

He said Stobbs was responsible for looking after his elderly mother who had Alzheimer’s disease and although social services were now involved her care would be difficult without him.

Slaithwaite man Roy Stobbs and Birkby man James Metcalfe each charged with a string of child sex offences

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/meltham-man-roy-stobbs-jailed-7680063

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