September 2020

The ‘Photoshop paedophile’ who made his own sick catalogue of images

A paedophile who created pseudo-sexual images of young girls he was “fascinated” with has been jailed.

Police conducted a search of Jonathan Leak’s home in Skirlaugh, in March earlier this year where they found over 133,000 indecent images of children on electronic devices he owned.

The 45-year-old also had over 50 images of two nine-year-old girls, with some of the images with their heads and faces cropped onto pictures of other naked young children.

Hull Crown Court also heard that Leak had taken a picture of a wall-mounted photograph of one of the children while working in their home.

Leak was first brought to Humberside Police’s attention after he tried to gain access to indecent images of children at his mum’s home on Christmas Day in 2018.

He was then located at his address in Cawood Drive, Skirlaugh, where a number of electronic devices, including a laptop, mobile phone, and USB sticks were seized.

Prosecuting barrister Nigel Clive said: “Police found a number of images of young girls, including two nine-year-olds.

“The defendant had access to those images from Facebook. The defendant accepted that whilst at the house of one of the children he took a photograph of a photograph on the wall.

“The girl was nine at the time of the investigation but she was only four-years-old in that picture.”

There were two children who the prosecution say the defendant was fascinated with and he created pseudo images by imposing erect penises into the pictures, or by taking their head and face and imposing their images upon pictures of naked young girls.

Mr Clive told the court that Leak had a total of 55 images of the two girls, both aged around nine-years-old at the time of the investigation.

In his second interview with police Leak admitted downloading images of young children and making pseudo images of the young girls.

He appeared at Hull Crown Court to be sentenced for three counts of making indecent images of children, one count of distributing indecent images of children and one count of possession of a prohibited image of a child.

Judge Mark Bury told Leak that his offending was so serious that only an immediate term of custody could be justified.

Sentencing Leak to two years and six months in prison, Judge Bury said: “You have pleaded guilty and fall to be sentenced for some serious offences. When police analysed your various electronic devices they found over 133,000 indecent images of children.”

Of the images found by police 178 images and 38 videos were found to be of category A, the worst category.

There were also 395 images and 96 video within category Band a further 1,870 images and 67 videos of category C.

Mr Bury continued: “Your offending is worse than simply downloading indecent images of children.

“You had sophisticated software on your computer, you had a cleaner programme which allows anonymity when searching the internet.

“You also had a peer-to-peer sharing site on your computer which allows as its default setting for you to distribute to other like-minded individuals the images on your computer. You had the capacity to disable that but you didn’t.

“But your offending is still worse. You had access to houses of decent people who knew nothing of your proclivities.

“You were therefore able to photograph a photograph of a perfectly innocent child in that child’s own home.

“You cropped the photograph to sexualise it.

“You developed a fascination for two children and you created pseudo photographs of each of them. You plainly had, it seems to me, a sexual interest in underage girls.”

Leak will be subjected to a sexual harm prevention order and also placed on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.