Jonathan Hipkiss – Filthy Pedo gets 1 year sentence by Scumbag Judge Stokes

HI-TECH police spent a year unlocking a code that allowed them to trap a computer paedophile.

Jonathan Hipkiss, 42, formerly of Southwell, became the first person in Notts, and only the third in the UK, to be convicted of failing to disclose an encrypted key to restricted information.

The married father had refused to hand over the key to a programme that protected his sickening collection of photos and videos, some judged to be grade 5 – the worst category.

A specialist finally unlocked the code 12 months later.

Meanwhile, Hipkiss used a new computer bought for his son to download more images, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

He admitted 15 counts of making indecent photographs and three of possessing them.

Judge Michael Stokes, QC, who sentenced him to a year in prison, said: “You have demonstrated a level of manipulation born out of your profession as a web engineer.

“You were seen by police in March last year. It wasn’t until March this year you admitted you were doing that which has now been demonstrated.”

On one computer, there were 1,286 images categorised at level one – the least serious. There were 74 at level two, 30 at level three, 39 at level four and six at level five.

Describing the images as “absolutely disgusting”, the judge said Hipkiss had lied to his wife of 13 years that he was innocent.

When confronted with the expert analysis, Hipkiss, now of Birchfield Road, Redditch, confessed to his wife and she left him.

Defending, Julie Warburton said: “It took him a year to admit what he had done. What was holding him back was essentially the knowledge that the moment he spoke the truth about these matters, his family would disintegrate.”

And yet he continued doing it!

The charge of failing to disclose an encrypted key to restricted information was only introduced in October, 2007.

Speaking after Hipkiss’s sentencing Detective Sergeant Harry Parsonage, of Notts Police’s e-Crime Unit, said: “This is one of the most complicated examinations of computer files that I have seen in the ten years that I have been in charge of the unit.

“It required an in depth, detailed look into a large number of items over several months.

“Hipkiss was put into a position where he had no choice than to admit what he had done, after our officers had been able to piece together many fragments of evidence to show he had intentionally downloaded and saved these files.”

Detective Inspector Ian Winton, of the Sexual Exploitation investigation Unit, said: “This case shows that no matter what lengths people think they can take to hide child abuse images, we will find them.”

Ruth Allen, head of intelligence for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, known as Ceop, said: “Any individual who believes they can evade justice will no longer be able to hide behind the technology they use.”

Hipkiss was also disqualified from working with children and must sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

330 arrested in sex offenders blitz

“Child protection is everybody’s business and we should afford our children the same protection online that we would give them in the park or playground – – that is our approach and that collective response has already hit home.”

More than 330 people have been arrested by officers targeting the UK’s highest-risk sex offenders in the last year, figures have showed.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) unit, which runs a “most wanted” website as part of its work, has arrested more than 700 suspected offenders since its launch three years ago and helped save nearly 350 children, 139 in the last 12 months alone.

A CEOP spokesman said it had also helped dismantle or disrupt 166 networks of offenders since 2006, 82 in the last year, but warned that tactics being deployed by those who target children were also evolving.

Jim Gamble, chief executive of the CEOP Centre, said it was “easy to be alarmist” and suggest that “technology is opening doors for offenders to abuse children quicker than we can close them”.

But he went on: “This is not about technology – this is about people. There is no distinction between the online and offline worlds. This is about the behaviour of offenders manipulating any environment to abuse children.

“Child protection is everybody’s business and we should afford our children the same protection online that we would give them in the park or playground – – that is our approach and that collective response has already hit home.”

A total of 334 suspected child sex offenders have been arrested for offences ranging from possession of indecent images to rape in the last year, CEOP said.

The figures, published in the organisation’s annual review for 2008/09 and covering work specifically involving CEOP teams, showed grooming was still the number one offence reported to the centre.

But whereas before this was done primarily through instant messaging, there is a “fast-growing trend” of exploiting children through vast, integrated social networking sites, a CEOP spokesman said.

The organisation also found an average of four reports a day needed immediate action as a result of a child being at risk.