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Massive child porn ring smashed after paedophile left his phone on the bus

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Massive child porn ring smashed after paedophile left his phone on the bus

Post by ufercoffy on 27.05.10 13:47

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:32 PM on 27th May 2010

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Paedophile Michael Fraser accidentally left his mobile phone on a bus, which led to a child porn ring being uncovered

A nationwide child pornography ring was smashed after a paedophile accidentally left his mobile phone on a bus.
The chance discovery uncovered a paedophile ring involving more than 70 suspects across the country.

The handset was found on a local bus service in Newcastle-upon-Tyne by a passenger and was handed to the driver, who checked the phone in an attempt to identify the owner.

But he was horrified to find a series of sick images saved on its memory and immediately handed it to police.

They found that pervert Michael Fraser had topped up the mobile's credit at the Tesco supermarket in the Newcastle suburb of Jesmond, and searched his home where they found a further 14 mobile phones - six of which were filled with indecent images.
A forensic analysis of the handset revealed that 50-year-old Fraser was just one member of a web of paedophiles stretching across the UK, who had been exchanging pictures and videos of children.
After learning the extent of the network, detectives launched an operation - codenamed Cammell - which led to more than 70 suspects being identified.
Many of them were known paedophiles with a history of dealing in child pornography.
Dozens of investigations have been launched by police forces up and down the country as a result of the work done by detectives in Northumbria.

And wheelchair-bound Fraser, who now lives in Seaham, County Durham, has become the last of five perverts to be sentenced for their part in the ring.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Fraser was traced after leaving his Sony Ericsson W580i on the number 100 bus travelling from the Metrocentre to Newcastle in February 2009.
Paul Simpson, prosecuting, said: 'A mobile phone was found on a bus in Newcastle.
'It was found by a member of the public and handed to the driver, who looked at it, and it was apparent there were indecent images of children stored on its memory.
'That started a police investigation and the phone was traced to the defendant because it had been topped up at Tesco in Jesmond, using a Tesco Clubcard, which was traced to him.'



The handset, which contained indecent images of children, was found on a local bus service in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear by a passenger

Officers raided Fraser's then address in Jesmond, which led to the true scale of the ring being discovered.
Mr Simpson said: 'The police went to his property and he had two phones in his possession.
'He threw one of them onto the bed and the police also found a number of other phones, 12 to be precise, inside the premises.

'There were 14 in total inside that room and six of those had these images stored on them.

'What was apparent was that the one thrown on the bed had had 11 separate sim cards used in it.'

Between all the phones containing child porn, Fraser was found to be in possession of 371 images, more than 80 of which were later categorised as level four, the second most serious level.
An analysis of messages received by the handsets led detectives to others, who in turn had their phones seized and were interrogated.

The investigation grew rapidly, as more and more suspects were identified by the pictures and videos they had been sending each other, often in exchange for mobile phone credit.

Fraser admitted nine counts of being in possession of indecent images of children and five of making indecent images of children, which related to pictures being sent between different mobiles found in his room.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of extreme pornography.

He also asked for offences relating to a further 89 child porn pictures to be taken into consideration when he was sentenced.
Brian Hegarty, defending, said: 'The defendant accepts that he has an unhealthy interest in children, which is of many years standing.'

Judge John Evans told Fraser the offences he committed, despite not being convicted of distributing images, could have attracted a prison sentence.
But after the Probation Service said he was eligible for sex offenders' treatment, he decided not to jail him.

Instead, Fraser was give a three-year community order, ordered to sign the sex offenders' register and given a Sex Offenders' Prevention Order, which means he must not use computers or phones for sending or receiving images and is prevented from taking pictures in public of anyone under 16.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1281833/Child-porn-ring-smashed-paedophile-Michael-Fraser-left-phone-Newcastle-bus.html#ixzz0p8L8pexF

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Post by littlepixie on 27.05.10 14:35

I wonder what sex-offenders "treatment" is - thought there was no treatment.

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Post by Judge Mental on 27.05.10 14:39

The significance of telephone records cannot be overestimated. They can lead to all kinds of information. One often wonders why Kate McCann chose to delete numbers from her telephone.

One was also quite surprised looking at the photograph of Fraser and had to look twice as I scrolled down the page. For all the world he looked like Jez Wilkins for a moment.

Very easy to see why Murat, Symington and Payne could perhaps be mistaken for each other.

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Post by Minsky on 27.05.10 19:27

What use are these paedophiles to our society? Why can't we just lock them up and make use of them in someway? I know thats not very PC. I'm just venting. It makes my blood boil knowing scum like this exist, draining our society and exploiting children for their own sick amusement. banghead

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Post by Judge Mental on 27.05.10 19:42

I agree that we should be locking up paedophiles, Minsky. We should be giving them chores and jobs to do that benefit society in some way. Of course we should. However, when leading authorities and individuals such as Gamble say that paedophilia can be managed by treatments in their own home, we hit a brick wall.

The GMC are quite convinced that people can be cured after spells in prison and raps on the knuckles. Hence we have many paedophiles in senior roles in the health service.

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Post by Minsky on 27.05.10 19:55

@Judge Mental wrote:I agree that we should be locking up paedophiles, Minsky. We should be giving them chores and jobs to do that benefit society in some way. Of course we should. However, when leading authorities and individuals such as Gamble say that paedophilia can be managed by treatments in their own home, we hit a brick wall.

The GMC are quite convinced that people can be cured after spells in prison and raps on the knuckles. Hence we have many paedophiles in senior roles in the health service.

How on earth can a paedophile be 'managed'? They certainly can't be cured..

i suppose there are varying degrees like those that know they need help and present a danger to children. At least they have some sort of conscience. But the scum like that one in that report should not be allowed anywhere near children. I'd rap him on the knuckles alright - with a bloody great sledghammer..

Then of course the real dangers are those who hide behind senior roles and are untouchable. Sick isn't it..

I'm sad now. and depressed.

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Post by Laffin Assasin on 27.05.10 22:04

google melanie gunn.

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