Derbyshire sex offender flouted court order to search for bestiality videos

A convicted sex offender from Alfreton broke a court order when he visited extreme porn sites and lied about his internet use, a judge has heard.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 11:28 am

Tristan Larby received a 13 month sentence, suspended for two years, for grooming, in April 2019, prosecutor Gary Short told Nottingham Crown Court.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) was imposed for five years which bans him from deleting his internet history, but he was cautioned for breaching the order, in January last year, when he bought a new phone before informing police.

When Larby met his probation manager, on February 28, 2020, he “flatly denied” deleting his internet history or having a phone with him. But after he left, it emerged Larby had used a phone to confirm the meeting, and this "triggered suspicion."

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Larby claimed the phone belonged to his friend but the SIM card was his. A check of the phone revealed a search for "bound girl forced into bestiality."

A police investigation later showed 6,921 visits to sites had been deleted from the phone, and Larby had visited "extreme sites showing bestiality."

"He admitted the phone was his and searching for bestiality," said Mr Short. "He didn't realise it was not legal until he was told by his offender manager.

"He denied doing it for sexual gratification. He said it was a stupid thing to do and he was unsure why he looked for it."

Laura Pitman, mitigating, said: "He has continued working with the probation service. He has done all that’s required of him.”

He was unable to complete is a sex-offenders’ programme because of the pandemic and there was no suggestion he has behaved in a similar way since April 2017.

Larby, 26, of High Street, Somercotes, Alfreton, pleaded guilty to breaching the SHPO and the suspended sentence.

Judge Gregory Dickinson QC varied the SHPO for another five years, banning others from deleting his internet history and monitoring his use.

He said the original case had a “protracted history” after Larby ran “a mean defence” by trying to blame someone else.

He imposed a 12 month sentence, suspended for 18 months, with 35 rehabilitation days and the Horizon programme for sex offenders.

“Any breach will be brought back to me and I will activate the suspended sentence,” he warned Larby, on Friday.

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