Anger over paedophile laptop move

Blackpool Citizen: A paedophile has launched a bid to have a computer containing photos of his victim to be returned to his possession A paedophile has launched a bid to have a computer containing photos of his victim to be returned to his possession

A self-confessed paedophile could get his hands on intimate photos of a young girl he abused because police officers have refused to delete them from his confiscated laptop before it is returned, human rights campaigners have said.

The man, who was jailed in 2013 for nine years after admitting a string of sex offences, including assaulting a child under the age of 13 by penetration, has formally requested a laptop and a mobile telephone are handed back, according to Liberty, who represent the young victim and her family.

Photos of the victim dressed in swimwear and leotards are on the computer - but Dorset Police said they can not delete them as they are not legally classified as indecent or prohibited.

As a result, the sex offender, who is in his fifties but cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, will have access to a large number of personal photos of the girl when he is released from jail.

The victim's mother said: " I am appalled that the man who abused my child can ask the police to hand over our family photos for him to keep for the rest of his life.

"My daughters struggle every day with the devastating consequences of his abuse and this will only make them feel more humiliated and degraded. Why should we continue to be traumatised further?"

Liberty has argued this would breach articles three and eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protect against inhuman treatment and invasion of privacy respectively.

In a letter to Dorset Police, the human rights campaigners say the prospect of having the photos returned to the abuser is " causing the girls a significant amount of distress".

The group warns it would be a "an enormous violation of their dignity and personal integrity" if the pictures are handed back.

Liberty add that the abuse has caused the victim to suffer "enormous psychological harm" and she eats very little, self-harms frequently and is at risk of suicide.

Rosie Brighouse, legal officer at Liberty, said: " Not until the Human Rights Act could victims assert their rights in the British Courts - and Liberty is more than ready to do that on behalf of this family.

"We urge the police to protect these victims' dignity - it's surely common sense that these vulnerable girls aren't degraded further?"

In a reply to Liberty, Dorset Police explain their "present options" are limited as the legislation used to seize the phone and computer requires officers to return the property.

"Furthermore it would be unlawful for police officers to alter the computer and phone's memories by removing the disputed photographs before returning them," the force added.

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2:01am Fri 11 Apr 14

Holly the Dog says...

And if the Police removed the pictures without being asked then Liberty would complain on behalf of the paedophile
And if the Police removed the pictures without being asked then Liberty would complain on behalf of the paedophile Holly the Dog
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2:15am Fri 11 Apr 14

Alvin Sepert says...

If they had any decency they would accidentally put 240 volts through the hard drive before before returning the Laptop.
If they had any decency they would accidentally put 240 volts through the hard drive before before returning the Laptop. Alvin Sepert
  • Score: 11

2:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

annbalou says...

The world's gone crazy, how can a convicted paedophile have more rights than his 13 year old victim.
The world's gone crazy, how can a convicted paedophile have more rights than his 13 year old victim. annbalou
  • Score: 10

9:47am Fri 11 Apr 14

Judy63 says...

Obviously don't know ins & outs of offence but was a SOPO (sexual offence prevention order) not applied for for at court. The prosecution can ask the court for this order with specific details of what the def can/ can't do, possess/ not possess? ie a lot of convicted paeds are not allowed to own a computer! some are not allowed to have contact with children etc don't see why the order couldn't say that any material relating to victim is to be confiscated? Did the police apply for such an order? & what does it say?
Obviously don't know ins & outs of offence but was a SOPO (sexual offence prevention order) not applied for for at court. The prosecution can ask the court for this order with specific details of what the def can/ can't do, possess/ not possess? ie a lot of convicted paeds are not allowed to own a computer! some are not allowed to have contact with children etc don't see why the order couldn't say that any material relating to victim is to be confiscated? Did the police apply for such an order? & what does it say? Judy63
  • Score: 6

9:50am Fri 11 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Another, the Victim doesn't matter, only the rights of the paedophiles, killers, rapist's, I remember being told some time ago when the victim DID matter, the EU have taken our right away to punish perpetrators and let terrorist stay here to appeal appeal appeal and appeal, once we are out of the scam EU the better, we need to RULE our own Country, get the Police to account more to the people who they serve, we are drifting into a POLICE STATE....
Another, the Victim doesn't matter, only the rights of the paedophiles, killers, rapist's, I remember being told some time ago when the victim DID matter, the EU have taken our right away to punish perpetrators and let terrorist stay here to appeal appeal appeal and appeal, once we are out of the scam EU the better, we need to RULE our own Country, get the Police to account more to the people who they serve, we are drifting into a POLICE STATE.... welshmen
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ian923 says...

The Police used to use common sense to Police but with Senior and Chief Police Officers with no bottle or common sense situations such as this will occur. They are too frightened for their own careers to make common sense decisions nowadays. There should have been an "accidental" destruction of this hard drive.
The Police used to use common sense to Police but with Senior and Chief Police Officers with no bottle or common sense situations such as this will occur. They are too frightened for their own careers to make common sense decisions nowadays. There should have been an "accidental" destruction of this hard drive. ian923
  • Score: -1

12:15pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

What a twisted effin world we live in.

Also correct me if I'm not wrong but ain't liberty the new name of the pro paedophile association that a coulple of high profile MP's worked
For as per I believe the daily mail etc. this was in the news recently but it's been buried under carpet
What a twisted effin world we live in. Also correct me if I'm not wrong but ain't liberty the new name of the pro paedophile association that a coulple of high profile MP's worked For as per I believe the daily mail etc. this was in the news recently but it's been buried under carpet Not so simple
  • Score: 1

7:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Not so simple wrote:
What a twisted effin world we live in.

Also correct me if I'm not wrong but ain't liberty the new name of the pro paedophile association that a coulple of high profile MP's worked
For as per I believe the daily mail etc. this was in the news recently but it's been buried under carpet
Your not wrong:
Liberty was the NCCL in 1974 also linked to PIE, PIE are a pro Paedophile Group, (Paedophile Information Exchange) they disbanded in 1984. The Labour Members in 1970-80 who were linked are Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt, they put out a press statement declaring their support for lowering the age of sexual consent to ten and decriminalising incest, Harriet Harman is Labour's Deputy Leader and Leader of the House of Commons....
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: What a twisted effin world we live in. Also correct me if I'm not wrong but ain't liberty the new name of the pro paedophile association that a coulple of high profile MP's worked For as per I believe the daily mail etc. this was in the news recently but it's been buried under carpet[/p][/quote]Your not wrong: Liberty was the NCCL in 1974 also linked to PIE, PIE are a pro Paedophile Group, (Paedophile Information Exchange) they disbanded in 1984. The Labour Members in 1970-80 who were linked are Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt, they put out a press statement declaring their support for lowering the age of sexual consent to ten and decriminalising incest, Harriet Harman is Labour's Deputy Leader and Leader of the House of Commons.... welshmen
  • Score: 1
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