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SEX OFFENDER: Hemel man given suspended sentence for writing perverted chat log

 Published on: 20th October 2021   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel man who wrote an “obscene, disgusting and perverted” chat log on his work computer has been given a second suspended jail term.

The chat-log came to light after Philip Eveleigh, 52, had been sentenced at Isleworth crown court for offences of possessing indecent images of boys.

Prosecutor Adrian Fleming told St Albans crown court that the log was written in February 2018, but only discovered later.

Eveleigh appeared for sentence having admitted publishing an obscene article.

Defending, Andrew Herd said Eveleigh was “embarrassed and does not make any excuses.”

He said he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, had realised what he did was wrong and had not offended since then.

Recorder Tim Clark QC told him: “What you wrote was obscene, disgusting and perverted.”

But the judge said there had been a three-year gap in Eveleigh’s offending.

He passed a nine month jail sentence suspended for 12 months.

Eveleigh must attend a sex offender programme, abide by a 7pm to 5am curfew for three months and complete 100 hours’ unpaid work.

He must also pay £300 costs and register as a sex offender for 10 years. A sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) also remains in place.

A SHPO previously known as a sexual offence prevention order (SOPO), is a court order that can be requested by the police, or court when there is a specific concern about an individual.

This court order will be requested to prevent a person from engaging in a particular activity.

It is common for a person who is convicted of online sexual offenses relating to children, to be subject to a SHPO. Examples of conditions set by the order include:

  • Not being allowed to visit places where it is likely there will be many children such as a playground in a park
  • No access to the internet without installed computer monitoring software
  • No deleting of internet history.

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