Unmonitored internet access for child sex offender

Date: Friday 9th November 2018

A FORMER Cumbria police officer will be allowed unmonitored access to the internet just 16 months after being jailed for child sex offences.

Due to police in Cleveland not having the ability to monitor electronic devices, the terms of a sexual prevention order issued against Nicholas David Pool, now known as Stacey Pool, were altered to allow the use of electronic devices with internet access.

Pool — previously of Newton Rigg, Penrith, and now of Hebburn, South Tyneside, since being released on licence on 14th September — appeared at Carlisle Crown Court on Thursday to apply for changes to his licence. The 30-year-old was jailed in May, 2017, for three-and-a-half years for a host of online child sex crimes.

After a brief break in proceedings, prosecutor Mr Tim Evans confirmed Cleveland police “do not possess monitoring software”. It remained unclear why the force do not have monitoring capability.

“The absence of monitoring software means crimes will go undetected. I’m startled a police force don’t support this investigative tool,” he said.

Judge Peter Davies said Pool’s order will be changed and he must notify police or his management team within three days of acquiring any electronic device.

He added that Pool would be in breach of the order if he deleted or altered the devices’ search history and if he did not make any software devices immediately available for inspection when asked.