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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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'Utterly depraved' Cumbrian man jailed for 12 years for abusing girl

A man has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of sexually abusing a schoolgirl and using his computer to download thousands of pornographic pictures of children.

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Joseph Moody

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Joseph Moody, 58, of Scotch Street, Whitehaven, was also put on the sex offenders register for life when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today to be sentenced.

Judge Paul Batty QC described him as "utterly depraved".

He said the offences were an "appalling catalogue of sexual abuse".

Moody had denied eight specimen charges of sexual activity with the schoolgirl over a three-year period and two further counts of abusing the girl when she was seven but was convicted of them all after a trial which started last week.

All the offences happened in the Workington area.

Moody also pleaded not guilty to 23 charges of using his computer to download more than 6,500 pornographic images of children on dates during 2012 and 2013.

Of these, 182 were images categorised as level four - the second most serious level - and six were extreme pornographic images.

The jury convicted him of all those offences too.

The court heard that all the charges of sexual activity were just specimens, designed to reflect a course of conduct involving the girl when she was aged between seven and 10.

After the sentencing, DS Hayley Wilkinson, the investigating officer, said: “Moody used his position of trust to enable him to abuse his victim. The courage the victim has shown was a credit to them and their strength.

“We encourage everyone to report any signs of abuse and unusual behaviour. All victims will receive dedicated support to help them through what is a very difficult time in order to stop the abuse and help them to rebuild their lives."

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