While Nathan Thomas John Jordan was at large in Ireland and the UK, a second woman came forward and claimed she too had been violently sexually assaulted by the defendant.
Eventually, police officers arrested the 34-year-old after he boarded a flight at Stansted Airport in February last year.
The Royal Court’s Superior Number, which convenes only for the most serious offences, heard that hi-tech-crime detectives had also found four indecent images of children on his laptop – pictures that showed infants aged between three and eight being sexually abused and raped by adult men.
But due to highly technical encryption software on the computer, which was protected by a pass code not disclosed to the police by Jordan, only partial analysis of the device was able to be carried out.
Crown Advocate Emma Hollywood, prosecuting, said it was the Crown’s case that the images were ‘highly likely to be a snapshot of a large quantity of material hidden behind encrypted areas’.
Internet searches for images showing the ‘sexual abuse, torture and humiliation’ of children were also found. Police also discovered TOR – a portal used to access the so-called dark web, a hidden part of the internet full of ‘terrorist related content, illegal activities and indecent images,’ the court heard.
Jordan, who is married, admitted one count of making indecent images of children, two counts of indecent assault and one of perverting the course of justice. As well as being jailed he has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.
Jordan was described by a psychologist as a ‘complex man’ who would currently pose a ‘high risk in the community’.
During yesterday’s hearing, the court was told how Jordan, who describes himself as a journalist, forced two women to perform sex acts on him on two separate occasions. In one incident he threatened he would hurt the victim if she did not comply.
Victim impact statements, which were read in court, said both women were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and have flashbacks and nightmares.
Acting Inspector Cathy Davison, head of the States police Public Protection Unit, described Jordan as ‘controlling and coercive’.
‘This has been a long and complex investigation, with officers bringing Jordan back from the UK to face charges. We hope this sentence today will help the two victims recognise that justice has been given and assist them in moving on with their lives,’ said the detective.
Outlining the case, Advocate Hollywood said the defendant was arrested in August 2012 in connection with the attack on one victim. His laptop was then seized and analysed. He was interviewed again on 29 August but four days later fled to Cork, in Ireland, after ‘immediately resigning from his job’ and telling his boss he was leaving ‘for my own safety and safety of my loved ones’.
In 2015, the second victim came forward and reported the crime against her.
A wanted marker was placed against Jordan and he was eventually arrested on 15 February 2018.
Advocate Christina Hall, defending, said her client was now a different man who had a loving wife.
‘He has changed since that time. He and his wife have a very different relationship and that is indicative of his new-found maturity,’ she said.
Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith, presiding, said the offences were ‘very serious’ and warranted a long term of imprisonment.
Jurats Collette Crill, Anthony Olsen, Jerry Ramsden, Elizabeth Dulake and Joanne Averty were sitting.