'Dragons’ Den' Paedophile Found Guilty Of Child Sex Offences

A former Dragons' Den contestant faces jail after being found guilty of a string of child sex offences.

Richard Hazell, appeared on the BBC2 show in 2007 after inventing a diamond drill bit - but was rejected by judges.

The 48-year-old sicko was found guilty of a total of 13 charges, including two counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13 and seven counts of downloading indecent photos of children, at St Albans Crown Court last week.

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He was arrested on August 22 last year after the dad of a primary school aged girl he abused contacted social services and said his daughter had been sexually assaulted by Hazell.

The police found almost 3,000 indecent images of children when they searched his various computers at home.

Tim Forster, prosecution, told the court that police seized all but one of Hazell's computers, leaving him with just one of his laptops.

When officers returned to his home to seize the remaining laptop they found that eight days after his initial arrest he had entered a search on Google asking 'Can you be found guilty for downloading child porn if the files are deleted on your computer'.

Asked why he had entered the search, Hazell told the court: "I did search that, I was worried about what the police might think instead of what actually happened."

The prosecutor replied: "You have typed your own confession."

The pervert maintained he had no knowledge of any indecent photo of children on any of his devices.

Hazel was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on July 7.

Australia's Paedo Clampdown

The comes after the Australian Government took the unprecedented step to revoke passport privileges to convicted paedophiles.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said thattravel document for 20,000 citizens will be cancelled under newly proposed legislation.

She told a press conference: "There has been increasing community concern about sexual exploitation of vulnerable children and community concern is justified."

Justice Minister Michael Keenan added: "No country has even taken such decisive and strong action to stop its citizens from going overseas, often to vulnerable countries, to abuse kids."

Under current legislation, offenders have to tell authorities when they are travelling overseas, but the rules aren't always adhered to.

Convicted paedophiles will have to provide a valid reason for their need to travel once the new legislation is passed. More than 3,000 offenders will lose their travel privileges for life, while less serious criminals will have their passport revoked for several years.

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James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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