October 2020

Convicted paedophile jailed after downloading child abuse images again

A convicted paedophile from Leeds downloaded images of child abuse less than a week after being released on bail for similar offences.

David Lake was jailed for 18 months on Thursday, October 22 after continuing to defy court orders designed to prevent him from offending.

The 37-year-old has two previous convictions for accessing extreme pornographic images and indecent images dating back to 2014 and was jailed for 20 months in 2017.

Leeds Crown Court heard his latest offending came to light after his licence period expired but while he was still subject to a sexual offences prevention order.

Prosecutor Brian Russell said officers from the public protection unit went to Lake’s home on Clark Terrace, Cross Green on November 23, 2018 to check on him.

Mr Russell said Lake was in bed and was hiding a Samsung Galaxy Note under the quilt, but it started buzzing.

A number of SD cards were also found in the property.

Lake had bought the phone in Carphone Warehouse.

Mr Russell said a Halifax bank card was also found in the property, but Lake had not notified police of his new account as he is required to do.

Indecent images were later found on the devices.

A total of 71 images were in the most serious category. There were also 39 category B images and 125 category C images on the device.

Lake was charged and appeared before magistrates court on September 24 last year.

The case was sent to Leeds Crown Court and he was released on bail.

Lake was visited at his home again six days later so a risk assessment could be carried out.

An officer found another Samsung mobile phone at the property that also contained indecent child images, but he was not charged in relation to those.

Lake pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order, failure to comply with notification requirements, possessing prohibited images of children and three counts of making indecent images of children.

Reed Richard, mitigating, said Lake is in poor health but accepted he would be facing a custodial sentence.

Lake was made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.