Tracking tag leads to arrest and sentencing for man recently released from prison
A tracking tag fitted to a man released from prison led to his arrest and sentencing after officers’ suspicions about his reoffending were proven right.
Daniel Brown, left, was released from prison and was still the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), with strict conditions not to use an internet enabled device or own a mobile phone.
A specialist offender management unit monitored him upon his release and had suspicions that the 26-year-old may have purchased a phone following his release into Guildford on March 16.
A visit and examination of a phone he’d bought in that shop followed and led to his arrest on March 18 for breaching his SHPO.
Examination of the phone revealed he had downloaded (61 Images) of indecent images for which he was later further arrested.
It was a team effort across Surrey and Sussex Police with his release from prison managed by the Sussex ViSOR Unit where he had previously been a resident. They monitored Brown and carried out his initial arrest and passed the information on to Surrey’s ViSOR Unit which worked with Surrey’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) to progress the case as his further offending was realised.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Stephen Bosel from POLIT said:
“As soon as suspicions were raised about Daniel Brown’s activity we took quick action to ensure there was no ongoing risk and he is now behind bars.
“This proves that we will use a variety of tactics available to use to manage offenders who are released back into the community and will deal with any issues that arise robustly.
“Unfortunately we see cases of this nature on a weekly basis where people are downloading and distributing indecent images. Those images represent real and long lasting harm being done to innocent children across the globe. It’s important to recognise that if you have concerns about someone’s behaviour you should challenge it and seek help from us and other supportive organisations.
“It’s also important that if you have children to make them aware of how they should behave online so as not to become a victim. We often see adults posing as young girls or boys online to then incite victims into sexual activity. We understand this can be a challenging topic to raise with a teenager but it’s important and it does happen on a daily basis across the country.”
Brown, who is on the Sex Offender’s Register for life, received the following custodial sentences to be served consecutively (total of 1 year). He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on August 17 having earlier pleaded guilty.
- Breach of Sexual Harm Prevention Order – 8 months.
- Possession of indecent images of children – 8 weeks
- Distribution of indecent images of children – 14 weeks
The Paedophile Online Investigation Team works to investigate online related abuse and grooming of children, often referred to as child sexual exploitation.
Online grooming is a type of CSE that impacts both boys and girls across Surrey. It can be initiated through social media, gaming, chatrooms or other online communication.
Online grooming can take a number of forms including children being exploited for indecent images or videos by adults, peers sharing indecent images with each other, and the online grooming moving into a face-to-face situation
CSE can occur through the use of technology without the child's immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post images on the internet or using mobile phones.
- If you suspect anyone of committing offences like the ones mentioned here, call police immediately on 101 (or always 999 in an emergency).
- If you have been the victim of a sexual offence or know someone who has please report it to Surrey Police immediately via 101 (or 999 if it is an emergency).
- Support and advice is also available from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) via www.nspcc.org.uk or their helpline on 0808 800 5000.
- If you are concerned about your own online behaviour, or that of someone you know, make contact with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation's “Stop It Now” anonymous helpline on 0808 1000 900 before your activity becomes a problem. Visit www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/ to find out more.
- Visit www.surrey.police.uk/cse for more information and advice on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)