As Mr Wright's (and other) publications, continue to cause harassment, anxiety and distress, the endangering of lives and the wasting of much police time, it appears clarification and correction are now essential.
Even though ignorance is no defence, to many offences, we are reasonable people.
It should be made clear, Dr Oldfield has served his time (and more) and need not justify his position to anyone; none of us are defined by our past. However, it is obvious, that many people, simply, do not understand what the legal and societal issues are, in such cases.
Of course, many are, simply, dangerous, greedy and malicious - or a combination, thereof.
Mic Wright @brokenbottleboy https://twitter.com/brokenbottleboy
"Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin."
Debatable, and certainly not anymore, for the Telegraph, it appears.
"The sex offender so brazen he's sharing a link to my blog post about him"
"By Mic Wright Society Last updated: August 9th, 2013"
"Nigel Leigh Oldfield is a convicted sex offender. "
Well, it really is not that simple, it all depends on what you mean by 'sex offender'. This has been clarified, here.
"He is the worst kind."
There are graduations - really? - Excellent.
An unrepentant one. He is the man behind The OSC (Online Sex-Offender Community) the Twitter account and blog I wrote about earlier this week. He served 12 months in jail for downloading over 11,000 indecent images of children including babies in 2002. Though there are nests of pro-abuse activists online, Oldfield is isolated. He runs a “community” in name only. I am told by those who have studied this sick subculture that even some paedophiles consider him an embarrassment.
The pseudo-intellectual Oldfield is a former chemistry teacher. He styles himself as “Dr Nigel Leigh Oldfield” and has popped up several times on national radio and television. His most notable appearance was on Newsnight in 2007 pompously defending his repellent views. Over and over again he made excuses for viewing images of children being abused. He is the ugly agony uncle of the online child sexual abuse community giving tips on avoiding prosecution and defending the indefensible.
After I wrote about Oldfield and his activity on Twitter, he posted information about me on his latest blog. It is not the first he has run on the topic of defending child sex abuse. Previous sites have been shut down by ISPs. However, he currently has at least three up and running. A quick search also throws up numerous forum posts in which Oldfield defends child sexual exploitation. Here’s one example from a Google Group where he expresses disbelief that a convicted sex offender should be stopped from photographing children in the street. On YouTube, he has posted videos where he complains about the persecution of sex offenders, “isolated and poverty-stricken for no good reason”.
Now, on his OSC blog, where he obsessively documents media reports on child sexual abuse, he has posted: my picture, links to my Twitter account, my personal blog, my online CV and screen grabs of my original article shared on Facebook. The post assures me that I am “small fry” but that I can expect a “full and frank response – when we have finished with bigger and more essential issues”. Given his past record, I won’t pause to imagine what those could be. He’s certainly had time to boast about his renewed notoriety on yet another Google Group.
I don’t believe in naming and shaming sex offenders or in vigilante actions. I don't want these individuals pushed underground and out of sight. However, Oldfield names and shames himself. Across the internet, he is active in promoting abuse and attempting to dismiss the harm it causes. I have seen the flabby banal face of evil in a YouTube video. This is who the Prime Minister is trying to combat with his current proposals, the kind of offender so thoroughly certain that it is he who has been wronged. Oldfield thinks he is the one sane man in society. He luxuriates in being written about. Ultimately he is “small fry” himself but deeply unpleasant all the same. I know Nigel intends me to feel threatened but I’m not in his usual demographic.
Tags: Nigel Leigh Oldfield, paedophilia"
"A 13-year-old sexual predator? No. I encountered the real deal last night"
"By Mic Wright Society Last updated: August 7th, 2013"
NW is 41 years old. He took a 13-year-old girl home, allowed her to strip and then engaged in what we must euphemistically refer to as a “sex act” with her. For this and other offences including the possession of eight images of child sexual abuse and eleven sexual images involving horses and dogs, he received an eight-month suspended sentence. But it’s not the lenience of the punishment that has pushed the case into the headlines. It's the comments of the prosecutor and judge.
The Crown Prosecution Service has disavowed the words used by prosecutor Robert Colover at Snaresbrook crown court as “inappropriate”. That’s far too mild, almost offensively so. Colover told the court: “The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.” His Honour Judge Nigel Peters said in his judgment: “On these facts, the girl was predatory and was egging you on. That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.” This should go without saying, but in an encounter between an adult man and a girl of 13, the child is not the predator. Regardless of whether she has been sexualised, she is a victim.
I hadn't thought a great deal about this case before I came into contact with a real predator last night. Popping up in the middle of a conversation on Twitter about my bullying piece, someone called “the OSC” revealed himself (or, less likely, herself) to be a fervent defender of paedophiles. Not only does this individual have a Twitter account dedicated to obsessively pushing distorted views about children, he also has a blog. One which has been relentlessly updated since April 2012. I've since discovered that OSC stands for "Online Sex-Offender Community".
I’m flagging up this particular example not because it is rare or unusual but because there is a whole network of these sites and accounts across the web. Those who identify themselves as part of the Online Sex-Offender Community are brazen. Their behaviour justifies the scepticism I and many others have shown towards David Cameron’s internet filtering proposals.
One of the measures put forward the Prime Minister and his dotty surrogate on the issue, Claire Perry, is a pop-up to tell those who seek child abuse images that they risk their jobs, their lives and their families by doing so. The existence of sick individuals such as the OSC, operating in the open on social networks, puts paid to the notion that these people can be shamed. Among the OSC’s messages about the Wilson case there are several references to the girl as a “Lolita”.
The existence of these dangerous individuals is the reason we need to spend more money on traditional policing and investigations. It’s also why charities such as The Lucy Faithful Foundation, which works to prevent abuse and deal with offenders and potential offenders, are so important. The brashness of the OSC is yet more evidence that desperately clutching at technical solutions is not the way to deal with this evil.
Tags: abuse, Claire Perry, David Cameron, internet filters, pedophiles, Twitter"
@brokenbottleboy I see today he has posted you as front page news! http://t.co/8wWDz73ayz
— Ian Mcfadyen (@IanMcFadyen1966) April 10, 2014
@IanMcFadyen1966 He obviously has too much time on his hands.(Embedded Tweet - click date)
— Mic Wright. (@brokenbottleboy) April 10, 2014
More to follow; an ongoing project, including the other, oft-quoted, scurrilous 'sources'.