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Sex offender jailed for three years after breaching sexual harm prevention order

News   •   Jun 07, 2019 16:58 BST

A registered sex offender who admitted to breaching his sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), by using his computer to download indecent images of children, has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment at Guildford Crown Court.

Christopher Manley, 50, who was living in Camberley, has a previous conviction from 2014 for possession of indecent images of children and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. When he was released in February last year, a condition of his SHPO was that his computer should have monitoring software on it to record his internet access. He was given back his laptop in May 2019, and in June 2019 the software detected that he had viewed indecent images of underage girls. He was arrested, and officers confiscated his computer and mobile phone for forensic examination.

Whilst on bail for this offence, officers received further information that Manley had been accessing indecent images. He was arrested, and confessed that he had another internet enabled device and had purchased this shortly after his release in February 2018 but had hidden this from officers. He admitted to being in contact with one of his previous victims from 2014 and accessing indecent images, he was subsequently remanded in custody. He appeared in court in February when he pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to indecent images of children and breach of his SHPO.

Christopher Manley was sentenced on Wednesday 5 June to three years imprisonment.

DC Steve Bosel, who investigated the case said: "Christopher Manley admitted to accessing indecent images on release from prison, he bought a device specifically for looking at these images which would avoid the monitoring software installed on his computer. He knowingly breached his sexual harm prevention order multiple times, and I hope that this sentence will give him an opportunity, while he is prison, to access help that will prevent future offending and change his behaviour.

"This case should reassure the public that we very closely monitor individuals who have been released on licence, or have a sexual harm prevention order. If an individual attempts to circumvent or breach an order, we will very quickly find out, and will take appropriate action."

If you are concerned about inappropriate sexual interests within your own internet usage, or the internet usage of someone close to you, you can contact the Stop It Now campaign and helpline, run by the Lucy Faithfull foundation. Details are available on the charities website: https://www.stopitnow.org.uk/