September 2011

Grandad’s jail term is cut short

A TWISTED grandfather who posed as a young surfer to sexually groom a teenager over the internet has had his sentence slashed.

Kevin Harvey Teal, 61, of Buckland Brewer, near Bideford, was originally jailed for five and a half years at Exeter Crown Court after admitting a series of offences, including inciting the child and possessing child porn, in April this year.

Mr Justice Wilkie, sitting in London’s Appeal Court with Mr Justice Holroyde, said Teal’s prosecution was prompted by a police raid on his home in December 2008, which uncovered more than 1,000 indecent images on his computer.

Some of the images were of a 16-year-old American girl Teal had encountered through an internet chatroom, coaxing her into an online relationship by lying that he was a burly 20-year-old surfer – named Aled Jones.

In fact he was then a man in his late 50s who had been married for nearly 40 years.

Mr Justice Wilkie said Teal was guilty of grave crimes, with an element of grooming involved in the chatroom offences. But the judge concluded the overall sentence was excessive, cutting it to four years and four months.

April 2011

‘Out of control’ paedophile grandad is jailed for 5 years

A cyberstalking internet paedophile has been jailed for five and a half years after Devon police liaised with the FBI to snare him.

Kevin Teal, a 60-year-old grandfather who had been married for 39 years, conned a 16-year-old Californian girl into taking nude pictures of herself and then sending them over the internet by pretending to be a handsome younger surfer called Aled Jones.

He was instead a married pensioner and grandfather who had also been repeatedly downloading child pornography and continued to do so even after his arrest.

Teal, 60, of Buckland Brewer, near Bideford in Devon, was sent to prison after admitting 46 charges of making indecent images of children. He also admitted one charge of causing or inciting a child into pornography.

Detective Constables Steve Harris and Glenn Boniface, of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Child Exploitation Unit, liaised with the United States’ Homeland Security and FBI to bring him to justice.

Exeter Crown Court heard a probation officer who assessed Teal had described him as “out of control”.

Howard Phillips, prosecuting, said police seized Teal’s computer with a search warrant on December 17, 2008.

They discovered he had images and movies of child pornography including some which were graded at level four, only one level lower than the worst possible.

There were also photographs of a naked young woman, who officers later discovered was the American teenager.

After analysis of the computer, police returned to his address on February 11 last year to arrest him.

They discovered he had bought a new laptop, which Det Con Harris had to physically remove from him to stop him switching it off, the court was told. Further indecent images of children were found on that computer, including some at level four.

He was then released on bail and police discovered he was still downloading pornography on a third computer and a mobile phone. He had also been using special software to hide images away and cover his tracks.

Mr Phillips did not give an overall figure but said there were 50 images at level four.

Detectives had liaised with American police to find the 16-year-old girl. They discovered Teal had been creating fake profiles on a social networking site which was often used by teenagers. He tricked the girl into taking sexual photographs of herself and posing naked.

Judge Cottle imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and told Teal to put his details on the Sex Offender Register, both until further notice.