Man jailed for sexually abusing young boys and offences of indecent images of children - Cranfield

09/09/2016

A Cranfield man, who was the Chair of the PTA at Cranfield Church of England Academy, who sexually abused young boys and made and distributed indecent images of children, was today, Friday, 09 September 2016, jailed for 18 years.

Hogben, aged 43, raped a young boy and took a photograph of the child as he carried out the appalling act.

Hogben appeared in custody for sentence at Luton Crown Court, having been found guilty in June of the rape of a child under 13 and taking an indecent picture of the boy. He had also pleaded guilty to nine other charges involving sexual assaults of two other young boys and taking and sharing indecent images.

Judge Philip Bartle QC told Hogben: "I do not believe for one moment that you gave any thought whatsoever to the damage you were causing. All you were interested in was fulfilling your own sexual gratification."

In addition to the custodial sentence, the Judge also made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life and ordered that Hogben's name should be on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

It was in January of this year that Bedfordshire Police received information from the National Crime Agency that Hogben was sharing indecent images over the Internet and using a Dropbox account. Within half an hour, detectives from Bedfordshire Police's Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit were knocking on the front door of his home in Cranfield. Hogben wasn't at home, but officers were told he rented space in the kitchen at a local pub where he ran a catering business. As a result, officers went to the pub in the village where he was arrested.

His iPhone was seized and on it the police found disturbing images, both moving and still of a very young boy being sexually assaulted. The pictures had been taken by Hogben just days earlier. Also seized by police was Hogben's Acer laptop. It too was examined and revealed a still image of a young boy aged between eight and ten being raped by Hogben. Altogether he had 226 indecent images of children, some concealed in a hidden file.

As detectives looked into Hogben's activities, they discovered he had been behind a series of sexualised chat logs where he had posed as a 13-year-old boy to communicate with other paedophiles online.

Miss Alex Kettle-Williams, defending said: "There is a degree of remorse and it is said he would respond to intervention while in prison."

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