June 2016

Police worker turns in ‘depraved’ paedophile partner after finding his stash of child abuse images

Frederick-John-Lester

A depraved paedophile who was turned in by his police worker girlfriend when she uncovered his stash of child sexual abuse images has been jailed.

Home Office official Frederick John Lester downloaded sickening child abuse images online and stored them on a USB stick.

The 62-year-old was jailed for ten months at Mold Crown Court today after he admitted a total of eight charges of making indecent still images and movies of children by downloading them from the internet.

Lester, from Shotton in Flintshire, also pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing indecent images of children

Prosecuting barrister Matthew Curtis said that the case involved more than 2,000 still images – 661 at the most serious category A, 998 at category B and 473 at category C.

There were also more than 450 movies – 364 of them at category A which showed children being raped by adults.

The court heard that in September last year, Lester’s partner now ex-partner Tania Hanblin came across suspicious files in a USB stick belonging to Lester, who was employed at the Home Office in a disclosure and barring service role in Merseyside at the time.

She worked for Cheshire police in the disclosure and vetting department and she felt she had to report the matter to someone she knew in that service.

Mr Curtis said that she handed the USB stick over and a preliminary investigation was carried out.

When the abuse images were found, Lester was arrested at his place of work.

He initially described the allegations as “rubbish” but during a later police interview, he admitted downloading the images and said that he had a thrill from doing so.

May 2016

Man guilty over child images

A Deeside man has admitted offences involving indecent images of children.

Frederick John Lester, 62 was bailed pending sentence next month.

Lester, of Oak Tree Close, Shotton, admitted a total of eight charges of making indecent images of children by downloading them from the internet.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender with the police