Paedophile jailed - Dunstable

02/09/2014

A paedophile from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, who sexually assaulted two girls and was caught with thousands of child abuse images on his laptops, was jailed for 10 years today, Tuesday, 02 September 2014.

Martin Seaborn, aged 55, carried out attacks on one girl when she was aged 7 and 8 for around a year until his arrest in August 2013. He also admitting assaulting another girl on one occasion when she was aged 11 in 1996.

Prosecutor Simon Ash told Luton Crown Court that when police examined his computer they found indecent images of children that he had obtained from a "peer to peer file sharing site." He had used the search term: PTHC which stood for "Pre Teen Hard Core." Some of the children pictured engaging in sex acts with adults were aged as young as 3. Many of the images were at the most serious levels.

After his arrest Seaborn, who worked as a cable installer, was bailed and his computers were seized. He went out and bought another laptop and downloaded more child sex images, said the prosecutor.

Seaborn, of The Maltings, Bele Street, Dunstable, pleaded guilty to 15 counts: 5 counts were for assault by penetration, 4 were for sexual assault, 1 for indecent assault, and 5 for possessing indecent images. He had previous convictions for theft and driving offences.

Defence barrister James McCrindle said: "He is struggling to come to terms with what he had done. He is ashamed and remorseful about his conduct." He said the two victims had been spared the trauma of reliving the events.

Judge David Farrell QC told him he had carried out a "catalogue" of abuse on the youngest girl. He said he had collected thousands of child abuse images for his "perverted sexual gratification."

He passed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), which included a ban on Seaborn contacting the youngest victim and having any unsupervised contact with children. Seaborn must also sign on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

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