Sex offender tried to blame others for his crimes

A Huntington man who downloaded indecent images of children for five years told police he had “titillating and entertaining” pictures on his computer, York Crown Court heard.

But he denied being sexually interested in youngsters.

He tried to blame other people by claiming he was not the only one using his computer.

Patrick Palmer, prosecuting, said after police found more than 100 illegal images on his computer, Roy Dean admitted he was the only one who had access to the desktop.

Roy Dean, 63, of Broome Close, Huntington, pleaded guilty to three charges of having indecent images of children.

“Until people like you stop looking at such images the market in them continues to thrive,” Judge Simon Hickey told him.

He gave him an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years on condition Dean does 40 days’ rehabilitation activities. He will also be on the sex offenders register and subject to a sexual harm prevention order restricting his use of the internet for 10 years.

Dean traded on Shambles Market under the name That Fudge Guy for several years.

The artisan confectioner ran his popular stall at the Newgate end of the market every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, selling more than 50 varieties.