March 2021

Paramedic had thousands of sick child rape images and videos

A paramedic and ex-RAF serviceman has avoided prison despite being caught with nearly 10,000 sick child abuse images.

Lee Lewitt, 37, had material showing the rape of infants as young as 12 months old and humans having sex with animals.

Lewitt, of Summercourt, mid Cornwall appeared at Truro Crown Court where he admitted three charges of possession indecent images of children and possession 10 extreme pornographic images.

Prosecuting the case, Michael Brown described how intelligence was gained regarding Lewitt’s use of a cloud storage device to store indecent images.

Police searched Lewitt’s home and seized a number of devices.

An interrogation of an iPhone showed a huge number of indecent images, both still and moving, some of the images showing children as young as 12 months old being abused.

They were amassed between November 2018 and May 2020.

In total Lewitt was found to have 2,721 Category A images, 1,456 Category B, 3,529 Category C and 10 extreme pornographic images showing humans having sex with animals

In his first interview Lewitt said he was addicted to adult pornography and must have accessed the indecent images by mistake.

However, in his second interview he made full admissions.

Sentencing dad-of-three Lewitt, Judge Simon Carr said he had downloaded “a significant number of child abuse images”.

Judge Carr said: “I appreciate you are an intelligent man so you should be able to appreciate the enormity of what you’ve done.

“Let me spell it out for you. Every day tens of thousands of children are raped for the enjoyment of people like you. The people raping the children don’t do it because of a sexual interest, they do it because it’s a business.

“Many hold people like you just as responsible, I certainly do.”

Judge Carr went on to state that Lewitt’s good character, the fact he’s showed remorse and sought treatment since his offending and realistic chance of rehabilitation meant he could suspend what would otherwise be an immediate custodial sentence.

Lewitt was given an 18-month sentence suspended for two years.

He must also complete relevant treatment programme and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Lewitt was made subject of a sexual harm prevention order.