Dangerous pervert failed to tell police he had moved to Halifax

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A “dangerous pervert” who was jailed for possessing thousands of indecent images of children turned up in Halifax in breach of his registration requirements.

Under the terms of his sex offender registration Neil Jackson, 42, was required to tell the police if he changed address, but last autumn he left a hostel in the Middlesbrough area and his whereabouts were unknown until he started living in Halifax three months ago.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Jackson, of School Yard View, Halifax, didn’t register his new address with the police within the required three days and only did so a few weeks later after being contacted by officers from Cleveland.

Prosecutor Camille Morland told the court that it was third time that Jackson had failed to comply with his requirements.

Jackson pleaded guilty to the breach and Calderdale magistrates committed his case for sentence 
to the crown court.

When he was asked why he hadn’t informed the police about his new address he claimed to have had “lots to do” such as sorting out his benefits.

In July 2012 Jackson was jailed for possessing indecent images of children at Teesside Crown Court and the judge branded him “a dangerous pervert”.

The Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC warned Jackson that such breaches could easily end up with people going into custody for quite some time.

Miss Morland conceded that Jackson had not been in contact with any children and the case did not involve any change of identity.

The judge said the offence triggered a prison sentence, but the nine-month term could be suspended for two years so that it would be hanging over Jackson’s head.

Judge Thomas also imposed a 60-day activity requirement which he hoped would enable Jackson to take part in a sex offender treatment programme.