Judge gives paedophile third chance

Judge gives paedophile third chance

Judge gives paedophile third chance

First published in News

A CHARITY combating child sex abuse has defended a judge’s decision to let a paedophile walk free for a second time because it may be the best way to prevent further abuse.

Hugh MacLean, 65, of Bergholt Road, Colchester, admitted downloading indecent and grotesque images of children, despite already being subject to a supervision order for the same offence.

While on a course to change his behaviour, he continued to view vile images, but was again allowed to keep his freedom.

A spokesman for the Lucy Faithful Foundation explained there were benefits to providing treatment rather than just punishment.

The spokesman said: “Changing offender behaviour is one of the best ways of protecting children and research shows treatment has a positive impact.

“More and more frequently we see judges making the decision to not jail someone for online offences, as the jail term would be so short they wouldn’t receive any treatment.

“There is a balance to be struck between punishing offenders and ensuring they receive the necessary treatment. As a child protection charity, concerned with preventing offending from happening in the first place or from happening again, we would want all offenders to receive treatment to help them be as safe as possible.”

Maclean admitted downloading 134 images.

He was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court last week to continue on a sex offender course as part of a three year community order and will remain on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

In 2012, the former civil servant admitted three charges of possessing and downloading 4,253 images.

He was given a three-year supervision order and told to take the same course to run until 2015.

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12:05pm Tue 2 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

Says it all right here of what's wrong with our justice system!
Says it all right here of what's wrong with our justice system! totallyfootball
  • Score: 21

1:04pm Tue 2 Sep 14

sandgrounder 1 says...

cut the bastards **** off that will teach him
cut the bastards **** off that will teach him sandgrounder 1
  • Score: 15

1:56pm Tue 2 Sep 14

romantic says...

Just because it's online doesn't make it any less damaging to the children involved. Any image online has a victim, and that is the child. Even if it's just viewing images, it is abhorrent. People only take the photos because others look at them.

Jail has to be there, not just as a punishment, but also a deterrent. This guy was already on a course to change his behaviour and it clearly wasn't working, because he continued to download images. So at what point do we think the light-bulb will flash and he'll be "cured"? Can I suggest probably never.

He should be sent to prison. Perhaps that will give him the impetus to change his behaviour. But again, I fear it is unlikely.

The fact that he had more than 4,000 images says this is not just somebody who got curious, it is somebody who is an active viewer of these images. This really doesn't send out the right message to anybody else who is into this kind of stuff. Yes, treatment is important, but more important is taking away the market for these images in the first place, and when somebody has already had a chance and blown it, prison is all that's left.
Just because it's online doesn't make it any less damaging to the children involved. Any image online has a victim, and that is the child. Even if it's just viewing images, it is abhorrent. People only take the photos because others look at them. Jail has to be there, not just as a punishment, but also a deterrent. This guy was already on a course to change his behaviour and it clearly wasn't working, because he continued to download images. So at what point do we think the light-bulb will flash and he'll be "cured"? Can I suggest probably never. He should be sent to prison. Perhaps that will give him the impetus to change his behaviour. But again, I fear it is unlikely. The fact that he had more than 4,000 images says this is not just somebody who got curious, it is somebody who is an active viewer of these images. This really doesn't send out the right message to anybody else who is into this kind of stuff. Yes, treatment is important, but more important is taking away the market for these images in the first place, and when somebody has already had a chance and blown it, prison is all that's left. romantic
  • Score: 16

2:52pm Tue 2 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

romantic wrote:
Just because it's online doesn't make it any less damaging to the children involved. Any image online has a victim, and that is the child. Even if it's just viewing images, it is abhorrent. People only take the photos because others look at them.

Jail has to be there, not just as a punishment, but also a deterrent. This guy was already on a course to change his behaviour and it clearly wasn't working, because he continued to download images. So at what point do we think the light-bulb will flash and he'll be "cured"? Can I suggest probably never.

He should be sent to prison. Perhaps that will give him the impetus to change his behaviour. But again, I fear it is unlikely.

The fact that he had more than 4,000 images says this is not just somebody who got curious, it is somebody who is an active viewer of these images. This really doesn't send out the right message to anybody else who is into this kind of stuff. Yes, treatment is important, but more important is taking away the market for these images in the first place, and when somebody has already had a chance and blown it, prison is all that's left.
Exactly Romantic, is it any wonder there is such a problem in Rotherham if all we keep doing is sweeping it under the carpet, time to get some judges that are in touch with life and those who think of the victims not monny coddle the perverts in this country.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: Just because it's online doesn't make it any less damaging to the children involved. Any image online has a victim, and that is the child. Even if it's just viewing images, it is abhorrent. People only take the photos because others look at them. Jail has to be there, not just as a punishment, but also a deterrent. This guy was already on a course to change his behaviour and it clearly wasn't working, because he continued to download images. So at what point do we think the light-bulb will flash and he'll be "cured"? Can I suggest probably never. He should be sent to prison. Perhaps that will give him the impetus to change his behaviour. But again, I fear it is unlikely. The fact that he had more than 4,000 images says this is not just somebody who got curious, it is somebody who is an active viewer of these images. This really doesn't send out the right message to anybody else who is into this kind of stuff. Yes, treatment is important, but more important is taking away the market for these images in the first place, and when somebody has already had a chance and blown it, prison is all that's left.[/p][/quote]Exactly Romantic, is it any wonder there is such a problem in Rotherham if all we keep doing is sweeping it under the carpet, time to get some judges that are in touch with life and those who think of the victims not monny coddle the perverts in this country. totallyfootball
  • Score: 12

8:29pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Beyond Belief says...

This is England 2014 :
You have more chance of being sent to prison for non payment of council tax than for being a paedophile.
This is England 2014 : You have more chance of being sent to prison for non payment of council tax than for being a paedophile. Beyond Belief
  • Score: 11

10:43pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Navajo wife says...

I really love all of the comments. I wonder if that judge has ever walked in and found a child being abused. I HAVE.and now thirthy yrs.later, this youg man STILL has nightmares.Of course, I wasn't allowed to shoot the guy, but I scared him so much he peed his pants. And, when the REAL judge jailed him, he lived for two weeks. Even the most hardened of criminals don't like it. Some inmates with their jail made knives, cut him up.while I don't condone murder, the judge there is stupid.This guy will not stop on his own. I dread readind moreabout this Iin the Gazette.
I really love all of the comments. I wonder if that judge has ever walked in and found a child being abused. I HAVE.and now thirthy yrs.later, this youg man STILL has nightmares.Of course, I wasn't allowed to shoot the guy, but I scared him so much he peed his pants. And, when the REAL judge jailed him, he lived for two weeks. Even the most hardened of criminals don't like it. Some inmates with their jail made knives, cut him up.while I don't condone murder, the judge there is stupid.This guy will not stop on his own. I dread readind moreabout this Iin the Gazette. Navajo wife
  • Score: 1

1:05am Wed 3 Sep 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Does make you think about where the judges sympathy lies???
Does make you think about where the judges sympathy lies??? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 3

10:34am Wed 3 Sep 14

co2 says...

castrate the filth.
castrate the filth. co2
  • Score: -2
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