July 2020

Pervert caught with indecent images of kids and animals

A paedophile who was found with videos of child abuse and extreme animal pornography has been jailed.

John Lewins has been sentenced to 12 months behind bars after admitting downloading more than 150 indecent images over a nine-month period.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 56-year-old, who has no history of sexual offending, was identified as suspect by officers in May 2018.

Specialist investigators at the local Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) had been tracking activity on websites used to share indecent images of children.

When an IP address linked to Lewins downloaded some materials from the site they were able to secure a warrant at his home in Dunston.

They passed the investigation to the Child Protection Team who attended the address on Meadow Lane and seized a laptop and three DVDs.

Forensic analysis found they contained illegal material downloaded between August 2017 and May 2018.

The videos downloaded by Lewins includes abuse of children aged between three and 11, as well as videos of extreme animal pornography.

He was spoken to under caution before being charged with three counts of making indecent images and one count of possessing extreme pornography.

Lewins, of Meadow Lane, Dunston, appeared before Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday where he was jailed for a year and made to sign the sex offender’s register for ten years.