August 2021

Paedophile tax man had 5000 ‘sickening’ child abuse images but wife standing by him

John Lee kept over 1000 images of children being abused

A paedophile tax officer kept thousands of sickening child sex abuse images and videos for three years.

John Lee had a total of 4,781 horrific images of children, 134 of which were videos of children as young as two being raped.

The sick 43-year-old, who had been an employee at HMRC for 20 years before being sacked yesterday, had also shared 14 child sex abuse images on WhatsApp and Kik messenger with a fellow paedophile.

He told the individual that he wanted to have sex with an 11-year-old he knew, and even sent him a picture of her

Peter Hussey, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court, said: “All charges arose from an investigation by Merseyside Police following the execution of a warrant at his address in May last year, when police had reason to believe he had been downloading indecent photographs of children from the internet.”

Lee had been keeping a library of 4,781 indecent images of children, of which 1,041 were images of child rape.

Among his vile stash were 1,006 Category B images and 2,734 Category C images.

The court heard 172 of the images were videos, which included 134 videos of child rape.

Mr Hussey told the court that he had shared the images with a user called ‘Incestloverboy’.

Lee, of Dalemeadow Road, Knotty Ash, admitted three counts of downloading, one count of possessing and one count of distributing indecent images of children between July 25, 2017 and May 21, 2020.

Lee was jailed for 32 months and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

He must also adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period of time.