Jail for child rapist snared with help from Russians

Timothy Greenwood, jailed for 11 years at Preston Crown Court on August 29, 2014
Timothy Greenwood, jailed for 11 years at Preston Crown Court on August 29, 2014
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A Blackpool man who raped a young girl and also carried out a string of other sexual offences has been given a lengthy extended prison sentence.

Timothy Greenwood (pictured right) had accessed 72 indecent videos involving children, plus 22 still images.

In addition to that, he had also tried to get another young girl to touch him sexually.

Greenwood, 38, of Lonsdale Road, South Shore, had denied one charge of rape and another of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

But a jury had convicted him following a trial.

He had pleaded guilty to 18 other offences - 12 of making indecent images of children, three of possessing such material, plus three offences of having prohibited image of a child.

Preston Crown Court heard the rape was carried out on a girl under 13.

The judge dealing with his case said he had found what Greenwood said about that to police “troubling”.

He told officers: “She didn’t really stop me. I thought if she didn’t want me to do that at the time she would have stopped me.”

Jeremy Lasker, prosecuting, said Greenwood came to the notice of police as a result of information received from the Russian authorities.

He was identified through an internet provider.

When police went to him he said: “I know what you are talking about.

“It was out of curiosity. It’s one video”.

Computer equipment was seized and he indicated which was the relevant material for them to analyse.

Greenwood accepted having searched the internet for indecent material.

He admitted to police he liked to watch indecent videos of young girls, he said, between seven and 16 years of age.

A total of 22 still images were found, plus seventy two indecent videos.

Mr Lasker added: “One of the disturbing aspects of the indecent material was the very young age of the children involved.

“Many of them were as young as three or four years of age.”

The offences of causing a child to engage in sexual activity had involved asking a girl under 10 to touch him. The girl never agreed to do it.

Nick Kennedy, defending, said a background report by the probation service described Greenwood as having an enduring interest in children.

“The defendant does appear to provide a degree of insight into the problem he has.

“He is at least taking the right steps in the right direction.

“If he continues to demonstrate an ability to confront his problems and have them treated then the risks will be reduced very much further”.

In passing sentence, judge Stuart Baker told the defendant: “My view at this stage is that you do today present a significant risk to members of the public, in particular, to girls under the age of 16, of causing them serious harm by they commission of further offences.”

He passed a sentence of 11 years prison with five years extended licence.