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Post  Guest on Sat 31 Jul - 4:32

Former US teacher sentenced to prison in child porn case

Friday, July 30, 2010

A former Baldwin County schoolteacher and retired University of South Alabama instructor was sentenced Friday to 1½ years in federal prison.

William Lee Reid, who was living in Silverhill when he was arrested last year, pleaded guilty this year in federal court in Mobile to possession of child pornography. He admitted to downloading graphic images of child rape produced in Britain.

Court records show that Reid had to move out of his home following his arrest as a condition of release because of its location. He now lives in Lillian.

According to court records, Reid, 63, was a history and science teacher in the Baldwin public schools from 1969 to 1976 and later had a variety of positions with USA, most recently as a lecturer/media laboratory coordinator in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

He also has been active in the community, serving on the board of the Baldwin County Wildlife Federation in the 1980s, according to court records. He served as a volunteer firefighter in Silverhill.

An investigator from the state Attorney General's Office discovered in March 2009 that Reid was using a computer file-sharing program to trade child porn, according to the defendant's plea agreement.

The investigator downloaded from Reid's computer three videos showing child porn and a film strip with at least 11 separate obscene images.

A subsequent search of Reid's computer revealed about 25 more images of child porn.

An investigation by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified one of the victims as a girl from the northeastern United States.


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Post  Guest on Sat 31 Jul - 4:59

As an update to Douglas Harris the kiddy-porn-viewing Doctor, I heard last night that he has started appeal procedings against his "sentence". I don't yet know what the grounds for the appeal are. The arrogant wee tosser should have been grateful to have gotton off with 3 years probation and 280 hours of Community Service.

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Post  Guest on Sun 8 Aug - 0:22

Disbelief and shock at Cumbrian doctor's child porn admission

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Neighbours of a high-flying Cumbrian doctor have been left in shock after he admitted downloading hundreds of child porn images.

Dr Ian William Mitchell, 52, was warned he now faces a possible jail term.

In the space of a few minutes yesterday, the family doctor entered guilty pleas to 19 charges, covering 642 obscene images of children.

In the prosperous hamlet of Sockbridge, near Tirril – a few miles from Penrith – where Mitchell lives, the sense of disbelief was painfully obvious among his neighbours.

Bathed in brilliant winter sunshine, with views over the Lake District and Blencathra, Mitchell’s detached house in Thorpe Field seemed a world away from his appearance at Carlisle Crown Court.

Judge Paul Batty QC heard that most of the images involved were level 1 – the least serious category of child porn that includes images of erotic posing by children.

The remaining eight were level 2, showing sexual activity by or between children.

None of the images had resulted in any way from his work as a GP.

The short hearing was told that Mitchell – in recent years a key spokesman for GPs in Cumbria – had confessed his crimes to his family and sought psychiatric help.

Despite this, the doctor’s guilt represents a humiliating fall from grace.

Respected, hard-working, and articulate, he must have seemed an ideal choice for the role he took on in 2008, when he became chairman of NHS Cumbria’s professional executive committee.

To make time for the role, he stepped back from his work as a full-time GP at the Lakes Practice in Penrith.

According to health chiefs, the primary purpose of his new role was to spearhead the modernisation of NHS services across Cumbria.

Time and time again, Mitchell dispensed his views on the issues that were gripping the NHS locally.

In one interview, he spoke of the problems faced by people with diabetes,

He said: “It affects people of all ages, every organ in the body, can lead to complications such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and amputations, can affect mental health and well-being, and is becoming more common.”

Away from work, his life seemed so ordinary – a happy family, a beautiful detached home in the country.

But his idyllic life began to shatter the moment he began exploring the murky world of child pornography, where vile images repeat the victim’s abuse.

One neighbour – an elderly woman – seemed unwilling to believe that Mitchell had entered guilty pleas.

“As far as we’re concerned, we’ve heard nothing about this today,” she said, visibly upset by the news.

“We’ve lived here for 20 years and he’s a local doctor who has lived here for years and we’re being supportive.”

Another woman, also elderly, said she was a friend of the Mitchell family so she would not comment.

A retired couple living nearby did speak, but they did not want to be identified. Several times, the man shook his head, his expression one of bewilderment that such a thing could have happened.

“Frankly, the feeling here is utter disbelief and sadness,” he said. “We’ve known the family since we moved here and he was my doctor.

“We’re concerned for them. He’s a respected doctor, a man who was at the pinnacle of his career. There seemed to be no problems whatsoever.

“It all seems so unnecessary. He seemed so well integrated – somebody who has always done his very best for his family. It’s just so sad.”

The man’s wife, equally shocked at the events of the day, said: “The whole thing seems lunatic to us.”

Mitchell himself refused to speak, simply shaking his head as he closed his front door on our reporter.

Just why he did what he did will be explored in background reports, to be prepared in advance of his sentencing on March 26.

For the time being, his career and his reputation lie in ruins. His case will be referred to the General Medical Council, which will decided if he should ever be allowed to practice again.

In the meantime, a spokesman for NHS Cumbria said: “Dr Ian Mitchell no longer works for NHS Cumbria. He was dismissed with immediate effect shortly after his exclusion last year following the allegations made against him over the downloading of indecent child images. Dr Mitchell also remains excluded from practising medicine.

“The exclusion prevents him from practising medicine anywhere in the UK.

“The primary care trust has child protection and audit procedures in place that reflect national policy.

“Thorough checks are made on all clinical staff. These include checking employment history, clinical qualifications, and full police checks.

“NHS Cumbria and the Lakes Practice, where Dr Mitchell worked as a sessional (part-time) GP, can confirm that all relevant checks were completed with respect to Dr Mitchell.

“Anyone with concerns can contact NHS Cumbria on: 01228-608289.”

Whatever he may be enduring now, Mitchell would do well to remember that it can never compare to the suffering of the child abuse victims whose images he downloaded on to his computer.

Detective Inspector Kim Fulton, of Cumbria Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, who led the investigation, said: “The protection of children is an absolute priority for Cumbria Constabulary and we work hard to investigate all incidents reported to us.

“We have dedicated teams of officers who are trained to investigate and detect the abuse and mistreatment of children wherever they may be living.

“It’s important that cases such as these are highlighted to demonstrate how seriously the police, partner agencies and the criminal justice system treat cases of child abuse and to inform the community that no one individual is above the law.

“We want to reassure the people of Cumbria that the police will continue to work hard to identify and bring offenders to justice, regardless of their standing in society.”



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Post  Guest on Sun 8 Aug - 0:23

Policeman was in child porn ring, court told

Mar 23 2010

A POLICE officer was part of a UK paedophile ring that swapped child porn online, a court heard yesterday.

PC Michael Thomas, 40, allegedly sent and received indecent images of children with other paedophiles across Britain.

The married father of two is accused of 11 charges of distributing indecent pictures of children, 10 of making indecent pictures of children and also possession of child pornography.

But a court heard no images were found on his computer because it was wiped by a sophisticated programme just hours before police colleagues raided his home.

Thomas of Lodge Drive, Port Talbot, who worked for the Gwent Police force, denies all charges.

Prosecutor Jim Davies said: “A group of men used the internet to view and exchange indecent photographs of children.

“They used a facility provided by Google called Googlehello which was a free picture-sharing and instant messaging service which allowed users to communicate with each other in real time.

“While Googlehello no doubt provided a useful facility for family and friends to share photographs, it was also a gift to those who wanted to share child pornography.”

Cardiff Crown Court heard six men, including Thomas, were arrested in raids on their homes as police uncovered the paedophile gang.

Mr Davies said Thomas called himself “Oscarnovind2” to swap indecent pictures with others in London, Leeds, Gloucestershire and Cheshire.

Mr Davies said: “The Googlehello software stored copies of chats users had on their computers.

“This allowed the user to go back and see which pictures had been exchanged and received. It also enabled the police to forensically examine texts and images.”

Jurors were told Thomas logged on and requested images of “teens” and sent three “glamour shots” to an undercover police officer believing he was sending them to a fellow paedophile.

Mr Davies said: “This exchange confirms Oscarnovind2 was actively seeking photographs of young girls.”

However when investigators searched his home computer they found no indecent images.

Mr Davies said: “His laptop had been taken to PC World because of a fault seven weeks before his arrest. That fault meant the hard-drive needed to be reformatted. It would have destroyed some of the traces which might have been recovered forensically.”

An advanced anti-forensic security programme called Erasure had been run on the machine hours before his arrest.

Mr Davies said: “We can’t say the defendant had advance warning of the police search of his home.

“The timing appears down to chance, but 28,756 files appear to have been deleted.”

Searches of other computers showed he received 456 indecent images and sent 33, the court heard.

Mr Davies said e-mail addresses and an online betting account linked Thomas to the paedophile ring despite his strong denials he was involved in distributing child pornography.

The barrister told the jury of nine men and three women: “It proves without doubt the defendant is Oscarnovind2 – and that Oscarnovind2 exchanged indecent images of children.

“The inescapable conclusion is that if you’re sure he is Oscarnovind2, then it was him who sent and distributed indecent images.”

The court was told neither Thomas’ wife Julie, nor his stepson Matthew – who both had access to the computer – exchanged the pictures with the paedophiles.

Mr Davies added: “To use Googlehello, a user needed to register for an account and download and install software.

“The user then had to choose a username and password and supply an e-mail address.

“When Googlehello created the user account, it assigned a unique identification to that account.

“A user could create a list of friends who were also using the same network.”

The trial continues.




'Internet account linked to another case' - court hears

Tuesday 30th March 2010

AN INTERNET account used by a policeman charged with exchanging indecent images of children was linked to a case dealt with by West Midlands Police child exploitation team, a court heard.

Michael Roger Owen Thomas, 40, formerly of Newport, is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court, accused of 11 counts of distributing indecent images of children, ten counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing an indecent image of a child.

It is alleged he exchanged images over internet messaging service, Google Hello. He denies the charges.

DC Elizabeth Hughes of West Midlands Police's child exploitation team told the jury that a computer was seized in 2007, with information stored on it forming the basis of Operation Whirr.

DC Hughes said a number of Google Hello usernames were investigated, to find the identities of individuals involved in communicating with the computer's owner and exchanging indecent images.

DC Hughes said that West Midlands Police was able to identify Thomas' home internet account as one "communicating with the computer's owner".

Defence barrister Chris Rees said no expert from Microsoft had confirmed exactly what was being exchanged.


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Post  Guest on Sun 8 Aug - 0:24

Doctor's child porn shame

31 July 2010

A SOUTH Yorkshire pathologist has been jailed after more than 11,000 indecent pornographic images of children were found on his computers at Rotherham Hospital and at home.

Terry Lewis Marshall's disturbing stash of porn was uncovered by computer experts who were brought in to Rotherham District General Hospital after a virus attacked the IT systems.

The married 66-year-old, whose wife Margaret was a magistrate before she resigned in the wake of the scandal, was arrested at work when the images were found and reported to South Yorkshire Police.

He has since been sacked from his job.

Marshall, of Quarry Lane, North Anston, Rotherham, was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to one count of making indecent images of children and three counts of making indecent photographs of children.

Some of the pornographic images included girls as young as five and his stash included pictures he had been hoarding since 1998.

Jim Baird, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court there were 11,177 images found on his work and home computer and the rest were on three CDs, one of which had "Age Of Innocence" written on the front in Marshall's handwriting.

Mr Baird told the court: "When these matters came to light he was employed as a consultant pathologist at Rotherham District General Hospital.

"In 2008 a virus had attacked the computer systems at Rotherham District General Hospital and as a result those computer systems and programmes were checked.

It was found that the defendant had on his work computer and hard drive a large quantity of pornographic images - many of those images containing children.

"The defendant was arrested at his place of work."

He said the well-respected medic refused to answer most questions but did admit to subscribing to an internet site called Age Of Innocence.

The court was also told Marshall had two cautions on his criminal record for common assaults - one committed in Greater Manchester in October 1998 and the other in South Yorkshire in 2003.

Marshall's barrister Tahir Khan said: "He has lost his career and reputation.

"Whilst I accept he has brought these proceedings on himself by his conduct, the last 18 or 19 months have been difficult for him and his wife Margaret, who has attended court to support him.

"His own emotional health has deteriorated significantly. He is taking medication for depression.

"Custody would be a tragedy for him, a personal tragedy. The Probation Service expresses concerns as to whether he would be able to cope with custody expressing the view that he may be a suicide risk."

As well as jailing Marshall, Judge Roger Keen QC sentenced him to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which bans him from being alone in the company of children under the age of 16.

The judge told him: "I have seen a large number of documents that speak of your positive good character and your real and worthwhile contribution to the community over many years that you were at work.

When reading some of these I find it hard to believe that the writers actually know what you have done. You have thrown away that good character.

"It's clear that you are depressed and that you are suffering from obsessive compulsive personality disorder however that was not the reason for your offending - it's the reason you have been apprehended.

"In my judgement this is too serious for anything other than a custodial sentence.

"I appreciate that it has a devastating effect on you and your family but the public are entitled to know that people who look at and keep these sort of images are appropriately punished."

A spokeswoman for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: "Terry Marshall was excluded from the Trust following a security breach identified by our IT security systems.

"A formal police investigation was launched and the Trust fully cooperated with this.

"Mr Marshall was formally dismissed on March 24, 2009, following an internal investigation and no longer works for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust."


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Post  Guest on Sun 8 Aug - 0:25

Gwent cop guilty of child porn charges

Saturday 10th April 2010

A GWENT detective was convicted of exchanging indecent images over the internet.

Jury members took four hours to find Michael Roger Owen Thomas, 40, formerly of Newport, guilty of 11 counts of making indecent images, 10 counts of distributing indecent images and one count of possessing an indecent image of a child.

During the trial at Cardiff Crown Court, the jury heard Thomas exchanged images over internet service Google Hello.

The system, which went out of use in June 2008, was used for family and friends to share photos, but Thomas used the username oscarnovind2 to send 253 images and receive nearly 2,500 through the system between March and October 2007.

A total of 33 sent images and 456 received images were indecent images of children.

Thomas was identified as using the username oscarnovind2 through e-mail addresses, internet provider addresses and through reference to his work records.

This included Thomas’ online betting account which used the same e-mail address used by oscarnovind2 on Google Hello.

The court had also heard Thomas’ laptop was taken to PC World in Newport on October 11, 2007, seven weeks before he was arrested and the hard drive was reformatted.

No indecent images were found on Thomas’ computer and Thomas had denied any recollection of the e-mail address or username.

Following the guilty verdicts, Judge David Morris said: “It is very sad indeed to see a man of your ability and accomplishment standing in the dock of a criminal court convicted of these offences which are serious offences.”

Thomas was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.


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Post  Guest on Sun 8 Aug - 0:26

BBC News

Gwent Police officer guilty of child abuse images

A serving police officer has been convicted of sharing hundreds child sex abuse images over the internet.

Gwent Police Detective Constable Michael Thomas, 40, of Port Talbot, was found guilty of distributing, making and possessing indecent images.

Cardiff Crown Court heard he was tracked down after an FBI inquiry led to a distributor in the West Midlands.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) praised the investigation by Gwent Police.

It said it demonstrated that "police officers are not above the law".

Thomas, a married man, had denied 11 counts of distributing indecent pictures of children, 10 of making such pictures and one count of possessing indecent pictures of children.

He also denied using the screen name Oscarnovind2 to send and receive the images.

No images were found on Thomas's home computer but the court heard computer experts were able to prove the images were being accessed when Thomas was not at work.

The jury was told that between March and November 2007 Thomas sent 253 images and received nearly 2,500.

Of these, 33 of the images sent were indecent and 456 of those he received were indecent, the court was told.

'Rogue officers'

The court heard Thomas was caught when he sent photographs to an undercover police officer who he thought was another paedophile.

He was arrested as police carried out raids on a series of homes to uncover the ring.

The court also heard around 30,000 files had been wiped from Thomas's computer just hours before the raids.

The IPCC said Thomas was one of six men in the UK tracked down following the FBI investigation in America.

Gwent Police referred the case to the IPCC, which managed the force's investigation.

IPCC deputy chairman Len Jackson said: "Police officers are not above the law and the excellent investigation that Gwent Police carried out under IPCC management shows that rogue officers will be brought to account for their actions.

"The investigation was a remarkable piece of detection work that relied on forensic computer experts and painstaking background work.

'Dangerous sexual offender'

"The investigation examined in minute detail Thomas's working patterns over a considerable period of time to find proof that it was him accessing and distributing these vile indecent images of children when he was not at work.

"The forensic computing work was also crucial to proving that it was Thomas who had accessed and traded the indecent images after he had used software to wipe his computer clean."

Thomas was suspended by Gwent Police following his arrest. The force said internal misconduct procedures had begun against Thomas.

It said: "Police officers, like all others, must face the consequences of their actions.

"It is our priority to protect and reassure communities in Gwent and we will take action against anyone involved in criminal activity, regardless of their position or status."

The judge in the case, David Morris, called Thomas a dangerous sexual offender.

Thomas was ordered to sign the sex offenders register and will be sentenced later this month.


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Post  Guest on Sun 8 Aug - 0:26

Supervision order for Penrith child porn GP

Friday, 26 March 2010

A family doctor who downloaded indecent images of children has been given a two-year supervision order.

Dr Ian Mitchell, 52, who worked as a GP at the Lakes Practice in Penrith, Cumbria, admitted 19 counts of making indecent photographs of children.

Carlisle Crown Court heard he had viewed images at level one and two, the least serious in a scale of five.

Mitchell, of Thorpefield in Sockbridge and Tirril, was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

The court heard that none of the images had been downloaded in the practice.

A spokesman for NHS Cumbria said the doctor was suspended following the allegations and dismissed once criminal charges were brought.



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