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Pervert with child porn plan is jailed.

Byline: By Garry Willey

A paedophile police fear was trying to launch a child sex movie and prostitution racket has been jailed for three years.

David Walton claimed in emails he would set up his sleazy operation in Thailand ( where he already had an account with the Bank of Siam.

He surfed the web under the name "Thai David" from an internet cafA on Newcastle's West Road, seemingly searching for youngsters he could phone and swapping messages with a 14-year-old willing to take part in hard core scenes with her own younger sister.

Walton ( a convicted child molester released early from a five-year sentence for collecting paedophile pornography ( also boasted he had Arab customers ready to pay for sex with schoolgirls.

But he was caught after another user at the cafA raised the alarm.

And when police searched his room at a local probation hostel, they found the 44-year-old had downloaded more than 20 paedophile pictures onto floppy discs and a CD.

Walton, formerly of Rye Hill, Newcastle, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to charges of making indecent images of children.

He later claimed the emails and web searches were only fantasy.

But police and prosecutors suspect his plans were real.

And passing sentence, Judge David Wood said: "Whether it was all true or as you say all fantasy, it does seem you had a continuing and disturbing interest in these sorts of matters.

"The pre-sentence report advises you present a high risk of harm to children, and it's not likely that risk will lower in the near future.

"You are clearly a clever and determined offender.

"I propose to pass a longer than normal sentence because in my judgement it is necessary to protect children from serious harm."

Walton, who had been undergoing sex offender treatment during his last sentence, already has a string of previous relevant convictions.

He indecently assaulted a youngster in 1995, was jailed in 2001 for possessing indecent photographs of children, and was given the five-year sentence in 2002 for again downloading indecent photographs.

Henry Trory, defending, said Walton had shown remorse and wanted to tackle the problems behind his offending: "He is somebody who realises what he is doing is deeply wrong."

Walton was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and given four years extended licence to begin once he is released.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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