October 2020

‘Dangerous’ Middlesbrough paedophile with a disturbing interest in young girls

A paedophile with sexual interest in young girls has been handed an extended prison sentence after being deemed as dangerous by a judge.

Teesside Crown Court heard how police visited Jason Lee’s home in Middlesbrough and found 118 indecent images of children on his laptop.

The 42-year-old had 65 category A images (the most serious), 29 category B images and 24 category C images.

Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said one of the category A videos involved 11 children between the age of six and 11 and involved such acts as oral rape.

The court in Middlesbrough heard how Lee had previously been convicted of making indecent images of children.

His most recent offending was discovered on April 2 last year – four months after his last suspended sentence expired

Mr Newcombe said Lee claimed he bought a laptop and downloaded a programme to access movies and songs, which led to him reoffending.

He told the court: “He went on to say he had a sexual interest in children and struggles to manage it.

“He said there would be about 100 files saved on his laptop.”

Lee, of Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children.

Judge Howard Crowson told Lee: “You have admitted everything when you have been interviewed but what you also admitted was a sexual interest in children.

“I have read a report from a probation officer, it’s an admitted fact that you have an interest in female children.

“You speak of them being 13 and upwards but in fact they’re a lot younger than that.

“You do pose a risk of posing serious harm towards children, particularly female children of 10 and upwards.”

Judge Crowson said he took the view that Lee was someone described as dangerous.

He said he would impose an extended prison sentence, which would allow him to be supervised for a longer period of time.

Judge Crowson sentenced Lee to 12 months in prison with an extended licence period of three years.