November 2020

Sex offender found with hundreds of child abuse images and extreme animal porn images

A REPEAT sex offender has received an 18 month jail term after being caught with extreme animal porn and a string of indecent images of young children.

Stephen Lee, 47, had been imprisoned in 2015 and received a community order two years earlier, all for similar offences.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Lee had also breached a sexual harm prevention order made five years ago, designed to stop any similar offending in the future.

Lee, of Bradford Road, Cleckheaton, appeared by videolink, having already been recalled to prison to serve the remainder of a three year sentence he received in January 2019.

The court heard how the offences dated back to 2018, with 73 still and moving extreme pornographic images involving a person and a horse found on his laptop in June.

In addition in November police found 80 indecent images of children at the most serious level, category A, 72 category B images of children, and 81 still and moving images of category C.

Officers also discovered two extreme pornographic images of a person performing a sex act on a live or dead animal.

Bradford Crown Court was told how officers contacted Lee as part of a regular review of his sexual harm prevention order, in June 2018.

They checked his laptop and found the first set of images and video clips – he claimed he had been just trying to download music when he saw the extreme images advertised.

Then in November he was arrested for something unrelated at his wife’s home in Bradford. The court heard that Lee threw his mobile phone in a bin at the house, and his wife later found it and contacted the police.

Officers uncovered a number of indecent images on it.

Abigail Langford for Lee, said that these latest offences actually pre-dated the 2019 jail sentence he received.

She added that there had been “a considerable period of delay” in bringing this matter to the Crown Court.

In the meantime he had sought assistance from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a charity which works to prevent child sexual abuse happening. And he had asked his GP to prescribe him medication that had the “side effect of being beneficial given the nature of his offending”.  

In jailing Lee for 18 months in total, Judge Jonathan Gibson said that he appeared to have made some efforts to address the “serious problem” that he had.

He ordered that the ten year sexual harm prevention order be extended, and that the devices he had used be forfeited and destroyed.