A PAEDOPHILE who has offences dating decades has been jailed after he hid a phone packed with images of indecent images from police.
John Cheshire has sexual offences convictions dating back three decades.
In 2006, Cheshire received an indefinite term of imprisonment for public protection. three years later the Court of Appeal in London ruled that his potentially lifelong sentence was inappropriate allowing him to be released.
He has now been jailed again after police found he had hidden a phone containing 1,700 indecent images of children on his body, by taping it to his groin.
Cheshire, of Granby Close, Llanelli, has been jailed for four years with an extended licence period of three years because the judge thinks he poses a serious risk of harm to the public.
Prosecutor Kevin Jones told Swansea Crown Court he had previous convictions for making indecent images of children and breaching court orders by standing at a school gate, following children in shops, standing in the children section of a library, rubbing his groin in a shop and masturbating over children playing.
Janet Gedrych, representing Cheshire, said: “The court is clearly going to be concerned about the repeated offending and his apparent unwillingness or inability to comply with the sex offenders courses he has attended. He tells me he has been offered a different course to deal with internet offending and he hopes this will assist him in his particular addiction at this stage.”
Cheshire admitted failing to produce to police a device capable of accessing the internet and five counts of making indecent images.
Judge Philip Hughes said he would be classed as a “dangerous offender” because he posed a significant risk to children of serious harm being caused by him.
Speaking after the verdict, Det Con Helen Kay said: “Cheshire is a dangerous man who clearly poses a threat to society.
“We welcome the sentence and hope it offers reassurance to our communities. Not only is this man now off our streets, but our officers will continue to do all they can to bring offenders to justice.”