Pervert who had toddler-sized doll wearing Peppa Pig baby grow back in court
A pervert who had a toddler-sized headless doll wearing a Peppa Pig baby grow in his bed when police arrested him for having indecent images has been back in court.
Paul Mason was spared prison in January after being found with disturbing material at his Newcastle home but was hauled back into court for breaching a sex offenders order.
But he again avoided jail and was given a suspended sentence, Chronicle Live reports.
Mason previously claimed he just had the doll – which had a cut put between its legs and was wearing tights – for “daftness”.
Police also discovered babies clothing, nappies which had been “stuffed in order to give them form” and there were 76 sickening child abuse images on his computer.
Mason sought to play down the illegal collection, saying he had “got carried away” while downloading pictures, a court heard.
He was given a suspended prison sentence in January and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order designed to control his behaviour.
One of the conditions of the order was that he was prohibited from using any internet enabled device unless he notified the police.
However, for months he was using his friend’s phone without telling the authorities.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the phone was not seized or examined, although the friend had sent Mason a message saying he was “not happy with your internet use on my phone” at one point.
Mason pleaded guilty to breaching his sexual harm prevention order and possessing a small amount of amphetamine and was sentenced to three months suspended for 18 months with 40 hours unpaid work and £50 costs.
Penny Hall, prosecuting, said it was on January 3 that Mason, who has 27 previous convictions, was given a 20 months suspended sentence for the indecent images offences.
He was being risk managed and in July a probation officer contacted the police officer monitoring him to say he had disclosed he had the use of a phone belonging to another person.
When police visited him, he initially denied using the internet on it but then said he had – but only to buy a bike on Gumtree.
The court heard the phone was not examined and so Mason was sentenced on the basis there had been no illegal use of the device.
Judge Julie Clemitson said she had suspended the sentence in January “with a degree of hope rather than expectation” but that she had been “heartened” by his general response to the order.
The judge said she would give Mason his “one and only chance” but said if he breaches it again he will almost certainly go to prison.
Vic Laffey, defending, said the breach had been revealed because Mason had volunteered the information to the probation officer.
Mr Laffey added: “Nothing inappropriate has been found at all.
“The fact the phone has not been kept or interrogated leaves the court in a position where one has to accept why he said he was using the phone.
“It was a relatively minor breach albeit a deliberate one.”
We reported in January how officers went to his home last summer after an indecent picture was posted on his Facebook account.
Prosecutor Barry Robson said on that occasion: “A headless, toddler-sized doll was found in the defendant’s bed.
“The doll was dressed in tights and a Peppa Pig baby grow.
“The doll had a cut in the genital area.”
Mason, of Elswick, Newcastle, admitted making indecent photographs of children in January.
The court heard Mason had confessed to professionals that he had an interest in dolls, which Judge Clemitson said may be a “lawful fetish” but she added: “It certainly crossed into a sexual interest in children, hence the images.”
The court heard only one of the images was of the most serious category of their type and the other 75 were in the least serious.
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