‘I’m a sick man, I need help’ – Sunderland sex offender’s urges over young girls and older women

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A HIGH-risk sex offender is facing jail after being caught with a stash of child porn.

William Carmody, from Sunderland, was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life in 2000 following a conviction for indecent exposure.

The pervert’s latest convictions come after the 38-year-old was caught looking at pornography while he was staying at a hostel in Newcastle’s Westgate Road.

Police then searched his home address in Azalea Terrace North, Sunderland, where Carmody handed them a computer memory stick filled with pornographic photographs, cartoons and films.

At Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded to five charges of having indecent images (dating back to December 19, 20 and 23) and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

John McGlone, prosecuting, told the court that Carmody is classed as a high-risk sex offender who had “numerous” previous convictions for similar crimes.

Magistrates heard that a fellow resident in the bail hostel he was staying at saw him looking at images of semi-naked girls on one of the hostel’s computers.

The computer was seized and CCTV footage showed Carmody removing a memory stick from the computer tower.

When officers searched his home, he handed over the USB drive – which contained a large amount of adult pornography, an indecent image of a girl aged between 10 and 14 and another image of an older teenage girl. They also discovered 16 animated films or cartoons, as well as an extreme pornographic image involving an adult woman and an animal.

Willie Johnstone, defending, said Carmody should be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

He added: “He told police ‘I am a sick man and I need help’.

“He was about to attend Turning Point and Lifeline, to address his alcohol problems, as alcohol seems to be the dis-inhibitor.”

Mr Johnston told the court that Carmody was trying to suppress his urges about young girls by fantasising about older women.

In 2009, Carmody was jailed for 18 months after exposing himself in Sunderland’s city centre library.

He was remanded in custody until his sentence at Newcastle Crown Court, in the week beginning June 9.