"A predatory paedophile who has repeatedly abused teenage boys and girls he targeted on social network sites was given one last chance today to avoid going to prison.
Callum Evans, 21, was already on a three-year community order for grooming and abusing two 14-year-old boys when he pursued more teenagers after being spared prison in September 2011 having admitted a string of sex charges.
Judge Graham Hume Jones also gave Evans a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which banned him from contacting children online.
But within a few weeks he had breached that order by using a computer and mobile phone to contact teenagers.
He got them to send him indecent images before meeting up with them and carrying out sex attacks, Bristol Crown Court heard"
"Judge Graham Hume Jones said banning Callum Evans from using Facebook would be “particularly excessive” after he was caught two years ago using it to groom two teenage boys and meet up with them to molest them.
Despite being found using Facebook again to try and trick 13 boys and one girl to send him pornographic photos, the 21-year-old appeared before the same judge, who allowed him to remain on the site for a second time.
Judge Hume Jones has previously been criticised for his sentencing, after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) referred one of his cases to the Attorney General for 'undue leniency.’
Taunton Crown Court heard that in 2011 Judge Hume Jones gave Evans a community order but didn’t ban him from using Facebook after he was caught using the site to encourage boys to send naked photos, as he said this would deprive him of the 'social traffic’ his peers took for granted.
Weeks after being convicted, Evans created a new alias on Facebook, which he used to pose as a teenage girl to convince other teenagers to send him pornographic photos of themselves.
"A teenager who used Facebook to groom young boys, some of whom he later molested, can continue to use social networking sites, a judge ruled yesterday.
Callum Dower, 19, used the site to encourage youths to send him naked pictures. If they rejected his advances, he would pose as a girl and try again.
He went on to molest one boy in a supermarket toilet, and another in his car after allowing him to drive it in a car park.
Judge Graham Hume Jones sentenced the ‘extremely manipulative’ Dower to a three-year community order for child sex and pornography offences.
However, he agreed with defence barrister Patrick Mason’s claim that a ban from using social networking websites would be ‘particularly excessive’, and deprive the defendant of the ‘social traffic’ taken for granted by his peers.
Dower had admitted six charges of making an indecent image of a child, five charges of causing or inciting a child to take part in pornography and two charges of sexual activity with a child. Taunton Crown Court also heard that he had previously been warned by police about his affection for teenage boys.
Dower was aged 17 and 18 when he carried out the offences. He used Facebook to contact boys as young as 14, and urged them to send him lewd images with their mobile phones. If they refused, he posed as ‘Georgina’, ‘Georgia’, ‘Georgie’ and ‘Jade’, and attempted to trade explicit images."
Could not find any news stories, but according to the articles "The court heard how Evans, described as being from a good middle class family, was first convicted of possessing indecent images in 2009"
One has to wonder if the judge then was also Judge Hume Jones?
One also has to wonder how on earth decisions like this have been made?
How many times does a "predatory paedophile" have to offend - in the same way - before proper justice is done?
Why the change of name from Dower to Evans?
If there was ever a warning and a reason not to let young children use social media sites alone without any parental supervision, this is it!
Obviously I have appealed this to the AG, and the AG's Office has "asked for further details of the case from the Crown Prosecution Service so that the Law Officers can decide whether or not to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal as being unduly lenient"
Updates as I get them.