Pervert took indecent photographs of a young girl – Jailed
A pervert who took indecent photographs of a young girl and downloaded another confessed to being “scum”, when police came calling, a court heard.
Officers armed with a search warrant visited 41-year-old Lee Patterson’s then home address, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham, on February 7, last year.
Durham Crown Court heard that his mobile phone and a tablet computer were seized during the raid.
Martin Towers, prosecuting, said, when arrested, Patterson’s response was: “I’m scum. I got nothing out of it.”
Mr Towers said expert examination of the contents of the recovered items revealed a downloaded photograph in category A, the most serious level of indecent child images, plus 16 other images, taken by himself
“He did make some admissions when interviewed about this.
“It was as long ago as March, at the plea hearing, that he admitted taking the 16 photos and, the day before a trial was listed on the other matter, in August, that he pleaded ‘guilty’ to making an indecent image, on the basis that he did not take that photo.
“He said he was in the habit of looking at internet pornography and accepts, in looking at a range of material, there was a risk that indecent images might emerge in thumbnail format.”
James Adkin, mitigating, said 41-year-old Patterson, now of Prince Road, Wallsend, North Tyneside, is of previous good character.
Mr Adkin described Patterson’s viewing of such material as, “a short-lived preoccupation”, when he was suffering mental health problems.
He pointed to a psychiatric report which confirmed Patterson had suffered, “complex, long-standing mental health difficulties.”
Mr Adkin said: “That condition existed at the time and was likely to lower his threshold to offending.”
But, Judge Christopher Prince said: “I find it hard to find a link between mental health difficulties and the fact he was sexually aroused by such images.”
Mr Adkin added: “He was unwell, suffering depression and low esteem.
“It appears to have been a factor as credited by the highly-respected psychiatrist who prepared the report.”
Jailing him for 13 months, Judge Prince also made Patterson subject of an unlimited sexual harm prevention order, restricting future use of the internet and contact with young people.
He must also register as a sex offender for ten years.