The Sunderland sex offender who secretly filmed children

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A PERVERT who secretly filmed children and kept more than 1,000 indecent images in his home has been jailed.

The judge told Robert Hart, who has previous convictions for indecent assault and possession of indecent images dating back to 1990, that he would not be doing his “duty to society” if he did not lock him up.

The 42-year-old, of The Royalty, Sunderland, was arrested after two laptops and a handheld camera were uncovered from his home.

Mr Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting said: “He denied having any other recordable devices at that time, which put him in breach of a sexual offences order previously imposed against him.”

The laptops and camera contained a series of indecent images and videos of varying degrees of seriousness. Mr Wardlaw said: “The handheld camera contained footage of a girl of about eight years old wearing a pair of shorts.

“The defendant admitted that there would be footage of school kids on the camera which he had recorded, for the buzz, but not a sexual buzz.

“Other like footage was also recovered from one of the laptops.” When police returned to Hart’s home days later, they also recovered the memory card from a Freeview box which contained a further 1,554 images.

Mr Jamie Adams, defending, said: “By comparison to what he has done in the past, these images are not as serious, by a long, long way.

“One way or another, he will work to sort his offending out.”

Hart admitted possession of indecent images and the breach of a sexual offences prevention order.

Judge Christopher Prince told him: “You appear to deflect responsibility for your behaviour and you have a very low level of victim empathy.

“You have a strong sexual interest in children and there is a significant risk that you will cause serious harm to young persons in the future by further offending.”

Judge Prince jailed Hart for two years and told him that his license period on release would be extended to eight years.