Sex offender jailed for assaulting child

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A CONVICTED sex offender who abused a four-year-old boy was jailed for three years by Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

John Hales, of Louth Road in West Barkwith, indecently touched the boy and later took photographs of his victim and passed them onto a friend.

Hales, who had previously served a seven-year jail sentence for sex attacks in the 1980s, was arrested after the toddler complained to his mum and police were called in.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that police officers later searched Hales’ home and seized computer equipment and a mobile phone.

A stash of child porn images was found on the computer and when the phone was checked officers discovered Hales had been sending indecent photos of children to another man identified only as “Chris”.

Hales went onto confess what he had done when he was interviewed by police.

Hales, 64, admitted sexually assaulting the four-year-old in January.

He also admitted five charges of distributing indecent images of children, 11 charges of making indecent images, one charge of taking an indecent image of a child and four charges of possessing a total of 2,000 child porn images.

Judge Michael Heath ordered him to be placed on the Sex Offenders’ register for life.

He told Hales: “This is not the first time you have been before the court for such offences.

“The only sentences I can impose are custodial sentences.”

David Eager, defending, said Hales has shown genuine remorse for his latest offences and tried to take his own life following the attack on the young boy.