PERVERT Mathew Sutton, who distributed indecent images of children, has avoided a jail sentence.
The 26-year-old was arrested following the arrest of another man in Newcastle. The other man’s phone was found to contain indecent images.
Prosecutor Paul Spratt yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court a further examination of the phone revealed sexually explicit messages which led police to Sutton.
The defendant was arrested on January 30 last year and two phones were recovered which contained a substantial number of images at all levels of seriousness. Police also recovered 17 images of an extreme pornographic nature.
Sutton, of Chelmsford Drive, Bentilee, pleaded guilty to 18 charges of making indecent photographs of children; two charges of distributing an indecent photograph of a child and one charge of possessing extreme pornographic images.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said Sutton has lost his good character.
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Sutton to a three year community order with three years’ supervision. He must attend the community sex offenders’ group programme and complete 160 hours’ unpaid work. And he will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.