MARCH 2009

Paedophile jailed indefinitely

A nappy-wearing paedophile from Kings Langley has today been jailed indefinitely.

Paedophile Andrew Lintern jailed for 31 offences

Former Oxford University scientist Andrew Lintern, 55, of Five Acres, filmed himself sexually abusing a 17-month old baby and collected 20,000 images of children described as ‘disturbing in the extreme’.

At London Southwark Crown Court Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC described some of the images recovered from his library as being of the ‘most disgusting, indeed horrific kind, representing a truly awful catalogue of offending against young children’.

Handing the pervert an indeterminate sentence for public protection, Judge Rivlin said: “Taken all in all, the charges you have pleaded guilty to amount to such a great catalogue of offences involving child abuse that it is difficult to grasp the scale of your offending.

“It is just as difficult to grasp what has promoted a man like yourself to become so steeped in activities that involve the sexual exploitation of children and the literally immeasurable harm that was done to them.”

He added: “The 26 counts relate to pornographic images which you either made, or downloaded or distributed and in total amounted to a staggering number of indecent images of children, both still photographs and movies, many of them portraying the most appalling abuse of small children.’

The research chemist, who had an ‘obsession with the systematic sexual abuse of children’, bought himself a pack of nappies which he admitted to wearing, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Lintern, who has been married for 24 years, was found with nearly 20,000 images of children aged between five and ten stashed around his Kings Langley home. Three of the images showed Lintern abusing a toddler back in 2002.

Of the sex assault on the baby, Judge Rivlin said: “Following your arrest you confessed these crimes to the police, but apart from being evidence of what you were capable of doing to a young child they also amounted to a gross breach of trust.”

Referring to a probation report assessing Lintern’s dangerousness, Judge Rivlin read: “I consider he is entrenched in his sexual offending and the risk he poses will not diminish easily.”

Ravi Dogra, defending, had accepted Lintern needed treatment.

He said: ‘This man who once had a bright career an undergraduate of Oxford has lost everything as a result of his habits.’

The pedophile will serve a minimum of three and a half years before a parole board consider his suitability for release.

Judge Rivlin also ordered Lintern to enrol on a sex offender treatment programme while in jail.

Lintern was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

DS Jason Tunn, of the Metropolitan Paedophile Unit said: “The court has recognised, along with the probation service and a defence psychologist that Andrew Lintern continues to pose a serious and real risk to children.

“The sentence imposed reflects that view that he is a dangerous sexual predator.”