Paedophile avoids jail again after downloading sick images for a second time

A paedophile who was caught downloading sickening images for a second time has avoided jail again, despite a judge saying he was "not very optimistic" that treatment would work.

Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 4:25 pm
Pervert Oesterlein admitted he was still attracted to underage boys.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar made the comments during the sentencing of 25-year-old Adam Oesterlein, who admitted three counts of making indecent photographs and possession of cannabis at Leeds Crown Court this week.

The court heard how Oesterlein, of Hanover Street in Wakefield, had previously been convicted of downloading images in 2015, and was given a community order with treatment and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), designed to restrict his access to the internet.

Prosecuting Katherine Robinson said he was arrested in November last year after police visited his home and found a mobile phone under his mattress containing hundreds of indecent images.

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This included 45 photos and one video regarded as Category A - the most serious abuse against children. The remainder were Category B and C.

During interview he admitted that despite undergoing treatment he was still attracted to young boys. He had also self referred to a therapist to tackle his problems.

Mitigating, Kate Batty said: "He is an isolated individual. He has never had an intimate relationship.

"He had been doing very well and had been working at a company fitting shops across the country and had worked up to supervisor."

She said that once news broke of his arrest, he was forced to leave the job.

"His feelings are very complex and he does not fully understand them himself," she added.

"He has tried to seek help himself."

Referring to his previous conviction and treatment, Judge Khokhar said: "You did not gain anything from that programme.

"When a person like you comes before the court for repetitive offending, what is the court to do?

Speaking about further treatment, he said: "I'm not very optimistic it's going to work, if that is the way you are then that is the way you're going to remain.

"It does not matter what courses you embark on. But I'm going to give you another chance."

He gave him a three-year community order with another sex offenders' treatment programme and another five-year SHPO.

Judge Khokhar warned him: "Should you fail to perform the requirements, I will reserve this case to myself and you will come before me and I promise you I will send you into custody."