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Paedophile continued offending despite suspended sentence

Stratford Editorial 23rd Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

JUST two weeks after the police seized his computer and found more than 1,000 indecent images of children, John Greenway bought a replacement and continued his perverted activity.

And he kept on downloading child pornography onto his new laptop even after being given a suspended prison sentence for the original offences.

Greenway, of Hall Close, Epwell Road, Upper Tysoe, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of making indecent images of children.

The 63-year-old was jailed for 16 months, consecutive to two months of his suspended sentence, which he was also ordered to serve, and was made to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Prosecutor Tim Sapwell said in March 2013 Greenway had been arrested and had his computer seized by the police who found 1,046 indecent images of children on it.

But just 14 days after his arrest, Greenway went out and bought a new laptop.

He used it to continue downloading indecent images of boys, both before and after he was given a six-month suspended prison sentence in November 2013 for the original offences.

In June 2014 however, his offender manager made an unannounced visit to his home and spotting the new laptop, opened it to see indecent images of young boys on the screen.

As a result Greenway was arrested again, and the laptop was seized – together with memory sticks and discs – which he admitted also contained indecent images.

On the laptop the police found 237 separate images of boys – 17 of which were classed as being in the most severe category.

When he was questioned, Greenway claimed he had acquired all of the images prior to his previous arrest in March 2013, and they had been overlooked by the police.

But Mr Sapwell pointed out Greenway had not purchased the laptop until April 11 that year, and it contained images which could not have simply been transferred from the storage devices.

His barrister said Greenway had lived with his mother, who died in October, and led ‘a particularly isolated life.’ He added he had only had two sexual relationships as an adult.

And although Greenway had taken part in a sexual offender’s treatment programme as part of the suspended sentence, it had not had the desired effect he would have hoped for, his barrister admitted.

Jailing Greenway, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said: “These are real children. These are not people play-acting. Children are being abused for these images for a market, and the market is people like you downloading the images.

“You are directly contributing to the abuse of these children. I have only one option and that is to send you to prison.”