Jail for sex offender who flouted court order by writing love letters from prison cell

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A CHILD sex offender who sent letters to an underage girl from prison was branded a danger as he was jailed again yesterday (Friday, December 13).

Jonathan Pennington, 24, was banned from having any contact with children after he was caught with sick indecent images.

But within days of dodging prison in the summer, the pervert was found with a teenage girl hiding in the base of his bed.

He was locked up on remand for breaching court orders, but continued to flout them by sending love letters from his jail cell.

Yesterday, he appeared to be sentenced for a raft of offences committed between June and August and was given 18 months.

The judge at Teesside Crown Court, Recorder Bernard Gateshill, told him: "I'm quite satisfied you present a danger to young girls.

"In my judgement, these breaches of the order which is designed to control your activities were both deliberate and persistent."

Pennington, from Billingham, was given a suspended prison sentence in June for downloading indecent images of children.

He was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) to stop him having an unsupervised contact with under-16s.

Yet within a week, a schoolgirl who had been reported missing was found hiding inside a bed at his home in Bannockburn Way.

Robert Mochrie, mitigating, said Pennington was afflicted by autism, was immature and did not realise the gravity of his offending.

"There is no suggestion he is roaming the streets of Billingham looking for any young girl to strike up a relationship with," he said.

"He is somebody who would benefit from supervision intervention to ensure that he stays on the right path, and to support him generally.

"Your Honour may feel he may not have appreciated the severity of the nature of offending at the time."

Mr Recorder Gateshill told Pennington: "You have demonstrated a perverse interest in images of child sexual abuse.

"It may be that you have personal difficulties, but I am quite satisfied that you present a danger to young girls."

The court heard that the he downloaded images of children as young as six on to two computers at his home.

Pennington admitted five breaches of the SOPO, breaching his suspended sentence, obstructing police and keeping a child from a responsible adult.

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9:25pm Sat 14 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

I'm sorry but people like this must be disposed of.
They serve no purpose in society, and in all honesty just cause a severe risk to the vulnerable.

Joking aside, and I mean this, if you placed an add in the paper for persons to dispose of these people by a single shot to the head, you would have so many applicants you would not believe it.
I'm sorry but people like this must be disposed of. They serve no purpose in society, and in all honesty just cause a severe risk to the vulnerable. Joking aside, and I mean this, if you placed an add in the paper for persons to dispose of these people by a single shot to the head, you would have so many applicants you would not believe it. NO EINSTEIN

8:25am Sun 15 Dec 13

hottopic says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
I'm sorry but people like this must be disposed of.
They serve no purpose in society, and in all honesty just cause a severe risk to the vulnerable.

Joking aside, and I mean this, if you placed an add in the paper for persons to dispose of these people by a single shot to the head, you would have so many applicants you would not believe it.
Whilst I agree that people like this should not be allowed to be free in society, and your suggestion would be a considerably cheaper way of achieving this....

I would hope that eventually this "illness" (it must be in my eyes, as this behavior I can not comprehend of a person with a sound mind) could be better understood and cured.

In the meantime offenders of this type should be given an indefinite sentence and released when a panel of professionals think they pose no risk to society.
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but people like this must be disposed of. They serve no purpose in society, and in all honesty just cause a severe risk to the vulnerable. Joking aside, and I mean this, if you placed an add in the paper for persons to dispose of these people by a single shot to the head, you would have so many applicants you would not believe it.[/p][/quote]Whilst I agree that people like this should not be allowed to be free in society, and your suggestion would be a considerably cheaper way of achieving this.... I would hope that eventually this "illness" (it must be in my eyes, as this behavior I can not comprehend of a person with a sound mind) could be better understood and cured. In the meantime offenders of this type should be given an indefinite sentence and released when a panel of professionals think they pose no risk to society. hottopic

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