April 2012

Former Brierley Hill school caretaker admits child-porn charges

A FORMER caretaker at a Brierley Hill primary school has admitted downloading more than 300 sickening indecent photographs of children.

Lee Wells worked at Withymoor Primary School, Gayfield Avenue, until his resignation in February 2011.

At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Wells, of Station Road, Old Hill, pleaded guilty to a total of ten charges of making the indecent images between January 2003 and December 2004.

He further pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing a laptop computer worth £1,000 from the primary school during late 2010 or January 2011.

Judge Michael Dudley told the 38-year-old they were serious offences but ruled he was able to put him on supervision for three years with a condition he attends the Community Sex Offender Groupwork programme.

Wells was further told he must participate in the Intensity alcohol programme and made the subject of a seven year Sexual Offenders Protection Order.

He was also ordered by the judge to register as a sex offender for the next five years.

The court was told Wells had a total of 317 indecent images of children including 63 at level four and one at level five – the most serious categories.

The judge further ordered the forfeiture and destruction of Wells’ computer equipment and the images he downloaded.

At a previous hearing, Dudley Magistrates were told the images were recovered from computer equipment after West Midlands Police executed a warrant at an address in Netherton.

A resident of the street, who did not wish to be identified, said: “Everybody feels justice hasn’t been done. Everybody in the street feels the same way, I think it’s diabolical.

“The police never told us what was going on. They were here for 13 hours – the street was blocked off and nobody would tell us. We had to find out ourselves.”