South Yorkshire registered sex offender jailed over indecent images of children

Relentless 41-year-old man from Rotherham has been jailed for 40 months for possessing indecent images of children.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 5:02 pm

Registered sex offender Colin Stevenson, of Parkgate, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday (April 16) for sentencing after pleading guilty to making of indecent images of children, breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order and failing to comply with his notification requirements.

The court heard that on March 2 last year Stevenson’s Visor officer attended his home address as part of his sex offenders management.

Upon inspection of his laptop, mobile phone, Kindle and Amazon Fire Stick, indecent images of children were found.

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Stevenson was handed an extended sentence of six years four months, comprising 40 months in custody and an extension period of three years.

He was arrested and the devices were seized.

An examination of the devices showed positive for indecent images of children.

On February 11, his Visor officer again attended his home address.

A search of the property uncovered further devices that he had concealed and failed to provide when instructed.

These devices contained over 69 indecent images of children. He was arrested again.

Stevenson was handed an extended sentence of six years four months, comprising 40 months in custody and an extension period of three years.

Ministry of Justice figures last year showed there were nearly 1,600 people listed on the Sex Offenders Register at the end of March 2020.

The figure jumped from 1,537 the year before – an increase of four per cent.

In March 2011 there were 961 South Yorkshire offenders on the register.

Nationally, there were 62,435 criminals listed on the Sex Offenders Register at the end of March.

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