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County Tyrone sex offender spared jail

A 14-year-old girl was taken into State care after an Emergency Care Order was granted

A 14-year-old girl was taken into State care after an Emergency Care Order was granted

A convicted sex offender has been spared an immediate custodial sentence after breaching his sexual offences prevention order.

Stephen Campbell, 45, Annaloughan Road, Augher was charged with the offence in relation to accessing the internet on dates between 1 March 2013 and 4th March 2014.

A court was told of how police received information that the defendant had been using a phone to access the Internet which he was prohibited from doing under his prevention order.

Mr Campbell was convicted in 2008 of making or possessing indecent images or pseudo images of children.

On March 4th, police visited the home of Mr Campbell and searched it and found a laptop computer in a wardrobe,

Mr Campbell admitted the laptop was his and that he had it for around 12 months. He admitted he had used it to access the Internet and download adult pornography.

District Judge John Meehan told Mr Campbell the matter was “very serious”, and “only custodial sentence was appropriate”, he sentenced him to 3 months prison suspended for 2 years. Mr Campbell was also ordered to pay fines totalling £315.

 
 
 

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