June 2020

Pervert handed sexual harm prevention order

A paedophile who searched the internet for “pre-teen boys” and “very, very young children being sexually abused or exploited” has been given a ten-year sexual harm prevention order.

Christopher Wagstaff appeared before Southampton Crown Court facing charges of creating indecent images of children.

He initially pleaded not guilty at Southampton Magistrate’s Court however changed this to guilty at a Crown Court plea and trial preparation hearing.

The court heard how police raided the 50-year-old’s home in Foldsgate Close, Lyndhurst based on “intelligence”.

They seized a tower computer and a Toshiba laptop on October 17, 2017.

During his first police interview Wagstaff did not comment.

But when officers went on to scan his PC they found indecent images of children.

Further police investigations found how Wagstaff had searched the internet for terms including “pre-teen boys” and “very, very young porn”.

He was interviewed again and did not comment.

Judge Henry gave Wagstaff a ten-year sexual harm prevention order and a 30-month community order.

He will have to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, rehab of up to 15 days and a 90 day scheme for men convicted of sexual offences.