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04-06-10, 11:40 AM #1
Lottery win blamed by Norwich man for sex offences
A convicted sex offender who admitted running a paedophile ring which sent indecent images of children via mobile phones has been jailed.
Carl Gardner, 30, from Coleburn Road in Norwich, was sentenced to three years and four months when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court.
Gardner pleaded guilty to 13 sex offences at an earlier hearing.
His defence said: "He lost control of his life when he won £50,000 on the lottery."
Police said Gardner, who won the lottery prize three years ago, used some of the cash to buy mobile phones and computer equipment.
He was caught after a chatroom website told police about child abuse content.
Defending, Michael Clare said Gardner was on a sex offenders' programme and was known in the area, which had led to a lot of verbal abuse.
"He realises he has a problem and wants help," he said.
Prosecutor Malcolm Robbins said Gardner was a registered sex offender who had one caution for an offence. He was also given a community order in 2006 for making indecent images.
As well as the jail sentence, Gardner was put on the sex offenders register and disqualified from working with children.
Norfolk Police said it was the first case it had been involved in where mobile phones had been used to distribute illegal images.
Nothing was suspected until police were told child abuse was a topic of discussion Gardner had with others on an internet chatroom.
Details passed to police included a phone number which corresponded with contact details held on the sex offenders register.
Eight other people across the UK have been arrested as a result of the inquiry and police said more were still under investigation.
BBC News - Lottery win blamed by Norwich man for sex offences
WTF how can you blame winning the lottery for committing sex offences some people really need to get a grip and the lawyer that presented it for him should be ashamed of themself."all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" Edmund Burke.
"the world is a dangerous place place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it" Albert Einstein
04-06-10, 12:13 PM #2
Any excuse beats no excuse. However if I had to guess the problem stares back at him every morning in the mirror.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012
04-06-10, 02:03 PM #3
He should sue the lottery for making him do it.
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