June 2010: Brothers Colin and Keith Dean, of Acklam Road, Middlesbrough, were both given a 24-month community order with supervision, including attending a sex offender treatment programme, a sex offender prevention order for five years, and ordered to register as sex offenders for five years.

May 2010

Thornaby brothers await fate over child abuse images charges

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TWO brothers could receive prison sentences after they admitted having indecent photographs of children.

Colin and Keith Dean pleaded guilty to a total of 42 offences between them, all involving indecent pictures of children.

They had more than 3,000 illegal images, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The crimes spanned more than two-and-a-half years between December 2006 and August 2009.

Colin Dean, 55, admitted 16 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child and one of possessing 106 indecent photographs of children.

All of his 17 counts were dated between May 26, 2007, and July 13 last year.

Nine of the offences related to “level three” images on a one-to-five scale of severity in law, while the rest related to the lowest levels one and two.

Keith Dean, 48, admitted 25 separate charges dating from December 2006 to February 2007, and February to March and July to August 2009.

He pleaded guilty to 22 counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, and three of possessing indecent photographs of child to a total of 3,078 images.

About half of Keith’s charges related to the least serious category level one, while three offences were at level four.

Nigel Soppitt, defending Colin Dean, said his bail conditions included not to operate computer equipment and not to have contact with children.

The brothers, both formerly of Humber Road, Thornaby, will now be on the sex offenders’ register. They were bailed until sentencing on June 11.

Judge Les Spittle told them: “Before you can be sentenced a full pre-sentence report has got to be prepared on both of you.

“I cannot and will not give you any indication of the sentence. All sentencing options in each of your cases remain open.

“The judge who sentences you will decide the appropriate sentence once he or she has all the appropriate information.”