July 2022

Twisted Derby pervert jailed for having Playstation 4 and phone

A Derby paedophile who once told a 14-year-old girl he wanted to rape her is back behind bars after failing a lie detector test. 

Derby Crown Court heard how Thomas Howarth, who once had ambitions to join the prison service, was not supposed to have any device capable of connection to the internet following previous child sex convictions.

But after being released from prison the 26-year-old, of Allenton, bought a mobile phone and began using the social media platform Snapchat on it.

He also had a Playstation 4 and a laptop capable of accessing the internet. When he took the polygraph test – as the lie-detector test is called – he was found not to be telling the truth and he was arrested.

In 2016, the defendant was jailed after admitting causing or inciting a 13-year-old girl into sexual activity and a similar charge against a different underage girl.

As part of his punishment he was placed on the sex offenders register for life and was handed a sexual harm prevention order.

Under its terms he was not allowed to have any device capable of accessing the internet without the police’s permission.

Then, in 2020, Howarth was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to charges of sexual communication with a child and breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order. On that occasion he befriended a 14-year-old girl online and sent her messages about how he would like to rape her.

He also referred to himself as “daddy” called her “daddy’s little slut” and told the victim he wished she was aged just 10.

Howarth then talked her into meeting him, but that never happened after her mother refused to allow her to travel from their home in the West Midlands to Derbyshire.

Dawn Pritchard, prosecuting, said: “On March 15, 2022, he attended and failed a polygraph test about using devices capable of accessing the internet.

Police were called and a search of his address in Mortimer Street revealed a Playstation 4, a Dell laptop and a USB stick.

His mobile phone had been used to access Snapchat where any communication is not retained. He said he had no excuses for not declaring the devices.”

Over a video-link from HMP Nottingham, Howarth told the court how he joined the sixth form and studied health and social care and public services at college.

He said: “Ironically, I was thinking about joining the prison service.”

Howarth said after finishing college he worked for EE on Pride Park until his first prison sentence in 2016 and more recently has been working for Boots. He pleaded guilty to breaching his sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Jonathan Bennett asked the defendant: “Why on earth did you do this, that’s what I don’t understand?”

Howarth replied: “That is why I would like to carry on with the group work while I’m in custody. I don’t want to keep coming back to jail, that’s not a life I want to live.”

Judge Bennett jailed him for 23 months, telling the defendant: “It is serious, it is a flagrant breach of an order and it is particularly serious because you have previous convictions for breaching the same order.”

June 2020

Vile paedophile shared his rape fantasy with young victim

This disgusting paedophile befriended a 14-year-old girl online and sent her messages about how he would like to rape her.

Derby Crown Court heard how Thomas Howarth referred to himself as “daddy” and told the victim he wished she was aged just 10.

The 24-year-old, who was jailed in 2016 for sexually assaulting a girl, also called her “daddy’s little slut”.

He talked his latest victim into meeting him, but that never happened after her mother refused to allow her to travel from their home in the West Midlands to Derbyshire.

And when police went to his address to check his computer they found he had secretly bought a mobile phone which he was supposed to have declared to them as part of a previously imposed sexual harm prevention order.

Jailing Howarth for two years, Recorder Julie Warburton said: “Part of the communication between you had references to you wishing she had been 10 years old.

“You mentioned wanting to rape her on numerous occasions, carried out various sex acts and sent her a naked image of yourself.

“I have no doubt you wanted to have sexual contact with this young female.”

Lucky Thandi, prosecuting, said in 2016 Howarth, of Hands Road, Heanor, was jailed after admitting causing or inciting a girl into sexual activity.

She said he also admitted to a similar charge against a different underage girl.

As part of his punishment he was placed on the sex offenders register for life and was handed a sexual harm prevention order.

Miss Thandi said: “On March 8, 2019, police officers and a probation officer went to the defendant’s home address.

“They asked to see his Playstation which he showed them in his bedroom.

“Analysis of it found he had been exchanging messages with a girl and he told them she was 16.

“But from further analysis, it was clear she was aged 14 and that he had sent a naked photo of himself to her.

“There were clear sexual messages on there including references to him wanting to rape her.”

Miss Thandi said Howarth was arrested and in an interview denied he got sexual gratification from exchanging the messages with the victim.

He said he could not recall why he referred to himself as “daddy” in some of them.

But he later pleaded guilty to charges of sexual communication with a child and breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.