Man given extended sentence for indecent images - Cranfield


Cranfield man Adam Carnell was given an extended 10 year prison sentence today, Wednesday, 19 April 2017, after a court heard how he took sadomasochistic photos of a 15-year-old boy in a wood.

At the time, Carnell had only just come out of prison for breaching orders in relation to sex offences he had committed in the past. But today when he appeared at Luton Crown Court, via a video link from Peterborough Prison, where he has been held on remand, Judge Michael Kay QC told him he was clearly a "risk taker."

The Judge told Carnell, aged 30, of Willow Spring, Cranfield, Beds, "You have no mental strength or will power to desist from your sexual interest, which you know full well is illegal."

Carnell pleaded guilty to taking an indecent photo of a child on a smart phone in a woods in Lincolnshire. He further admitted possessing an idecent image of a child, three offences of making indecent photos of a child and breaching the terms of a sexual offences prevention order.

The court was told Carnell had first been convicted for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy when he was in his late teens and received two years in a young offenders institute. He was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.

But Sarah Porter, prosecuting, told how in the years that followed there were recalls into custody for Carnell when it was found he had breached the terms of the order. Those breaches concerned his computer activity, attending gatherings where young boys were present, and being found in possession of indecent photos of young boys. More breaches occurred in early 2016 resulting in the defendant going back into prison last April.

On 9 July last year, Carnell was released to a probation hostel in Cambridgeshire and the subject of a sexual offences prevention order. Judge Kay was told that in August of last year the police became aware that Carnell was in possession of an undeclared smart phone. For that he received a further four weeks in prison, but an examination of the smart phone revealed a number of photos he had taken of a 15-year-old boy in woodlands in Lincolnshire. Miss Porter told the court that when the youngster was subsequently traced by the police, he was not willing to go to court. However, a laptop belonging to Carnell was also examined and more indecent images of young boys were discovered that he had downloaded from the Internet following his release from prison last July.

Sentencing Carnell today, the Judge told the defendant he had a "deeply troubling history" and he said as a result he had no hesitation in finding that he presented a real risk to the general public. He told Carnell he would be subject to an extended prison sentence. That meant, said the Judge, that the custody element of it would be six years followed by a longer period on licence of four years. Judge Kay told him he would have to serve a minimum period behind bars of four years before he could even be considered for parole. But he told Carnell he could be recalled back to prison if he breached his licence and that would last up until 2027. His name is also on the sexual offenders register and he will remain the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

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