Update: Robert Smiley was ordered to attend a sex offenders programme, register as a sex offender for five years and pay £225 costs

April 2003

Pervert pleads guilty to indecent images of children

Robert Smiley, 26, of Tynedale Court, Meanwood, Leeds, pleaded guilty to 20 charges of possessing indecent images of children.

He had a collection of more than 5,000 hardcore child porn images featuring children as young as two being abused.

The single man’s home was raided in February. He had previously worked with computers.

The court heard that out of the 20 sample charges, 16 of them were movie images showing clips of children as young as two being abused.

His arrest came after information gathered as part of the Operation Ore worldwide investigation into internet child porn. He had accessed a site in 1999 and paid by credit card.

Prosecutor Mr Siddique said: “In interview he admitted he was sexually attracted to children.”

Chairwoman of the bench Mrs Nan Chadwick said that because of the ages of the children and obvious distress and in some cases force being used he would be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.