Schoolgirl found in loft of sex offender
A TEENAGE schoolgirl was found in the loft of a former customs officer when police searched his home for indecent photographs, a court has heard.Partially disabled Paul Frost 36, was jailed for nine months after admitting admitted 16 offences of downloading indecent images of children on his computer, four offences of taking indecent pictures of a child and one offence of possessing indecent images of children.
A TEENAGE schoolgirl was found in the loft of a former customs officer when police searched his home for indecent photographs, a court has heard.
Partially disabled Paul Frost 36, was jailed for nine months after admitting admitted 16 offences of downloading indecent images of children on his computer, four offences of taking indecent pictures of a child and one offence of possessing indecent images of children.
Ipswich Crown Court Frost had bought stockings and high heels for the girl to wear in the pictures and got her to sign a hand written contract in which he was described as her agent.
More than 200 indecent photographs of the 15 year-old girl were found by police who went to Frost's home in Maidstone Road, Felixstowe after the youngster ran away from home.
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Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said Frost told the police that the girl wasn't at his house but when officers searched the premises they found the girl in an attic room.
A total of 703 photographs of the girl were found at Frost's house, of which 236 were indecent.
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Mr Sadd said that on a scale of one to five, with level five being the most serious, the photographs of the girl were level one.
The girl told police that when she told Frost she wanted to be a model he said he had a friend in the modelling business.
He took photographs of her fully clothed and then told her an agency wanted pictures of her naked.
The girl had been reluctant to take off her clothes but had gone along with what Frost told her to do.
After his arrest Frost claimed that the photographs were the girl's idea and said she had encouraged him.
He initially denied that modelling had been mentioned but was forced to change his story after the hand written modelling contract between him and the girl was found at his house.
In addition to being jailed Frost was ordered to sign on the sex offenders' register for 10 years and was made the subject of an extended three year licence period.
Mr Sadd said that in addition to taking indecent photographs of the schoolgirl Frost had also downloaded more than 10,000 indecent images of children on his computer.
Of those 10,407 were level one, 110 were level two, 26 were level four and eight were of level five.
Michael Stephenson for Frost, who has Spina Bifida, said that because of his disability his client had problems finding girlfriends when he was younger and had limited sexual experience.
He said Frost was an isolated individual who found it difficult to form relationships and spent a lot of time at his home.
He said Frost was keen to take up any help or counselling available to him and was glad that his offending behaviour had been stopped.
And when the police called at his home the girl had told him not to tell the police she was there.
"To his everlasting shame he went along with it and lied to the police," said Mr Stephenson.