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‘Remorseless’ paedophile is sent to prison

Published June 28, 2013 by misty534


A paedophile who distributed disturbing images of children over the internet has been locked up.

Police found that Jason Leonard, 31, had downloaded 251 indecent images of children when they investigated his computer equipment – five of which were at the highest level.

The ‘remorseless’ sex offender then shared the images on the internet using a file sharing website. The court heard that Leonard had originally intended to take his case to trial and air his ‘distorted’ views to a jury.

Judge Beverely Lunt was unable to class Leonard as a dangerous offender but said he met the criteria in her view.

She jailed him for 32 months due to the number of high-level images and because of Leonard’s views which she said did not merit any airing.

She added: “The only thing that can be said in your favour is that you did plead guilty. Because of the views you have expressed I would have found you to be a dangerous offender.” Prosecutor Michael Wallbank told Burnley Crown Court how police had searched Leonard’s Haslingden home in January 2012.

They seized computer equipment which was sent to police technology experts and a ‘high number’ of indecent images were found.

Five images were at the highest level 5, 87 images at level 4, 50 images at level 3, 36 at level 2 and 73 at level 1, Mr Wallbank said. Leonard had admitted downloading and viewing indecent images of children and using a file sharing website allowing users worldwide to view the images.

Leonard, of Pilling Street, Haslingden, pleaded guilty to distributing indecent photographs of a child. Phillip Holden, defending, said Leonard has ‘paedophilic tendencies’ but the distribution of images was difficult to determine.

He said: “We can’t say it’s widespread distribution as the evidence doesn’t seem to point to that.”

Mr Holden said the defendant was frank with the probation service and appeared to have a lack of remorse but had pleaded guilty to the offences. He added: “His original intention was to run a trial and set out these views in front of a jury in a rather more public form than he does today.”

Leonard was also handed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order prohibiting his internet usage and use of image storage devices. He must sign the sex offenders’ register for life and is disqualified from working with children for life.


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Jail for Haslingden pervert who distributed indecent images of children

Published June 25, 2013 by misty534

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A PAEDOPHILE who allowed fellow perverts worldwide to look at vile child porn images has been jailed for 32 months.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Jason Leonard, 32, was found to have a stash of hundreds of child abuse pictures on his computer when police raided his home, in Haslingden, in January last year.

The hearing was told Leonard had ‘distorted views’ about child sex abuse, and a judge said she made it plain that, but for case law she was obliged to follow, she would have found him to be a dangerous offender.

Leonard, of Pilling Street, admitted charges of distributing an indecent photograph of a child in January 2011, and allegations of making an indecent photograph of a child, between August 2011 and January last year.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely, was banned from working with children for life, and was given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.

Under the order, he is not allowed to use any device capable of accessing the internet, unless it has the capacity to retain, and display, the history and he makes it available for inspection by police on request.

He is prohibited from deleting the history, from using any software that deletes it, and must not possess any device capable of storing digital images unless he makes it available for police inspection on request.

Michael Wallbank, prosecuting, said police had seized a number of items of computer equipment from his home, which were sent to the high-tech crime unit for examination.

A large number of indecent images were found.

He was interviewed, and said he had downloaded and viewed indecent images.

He further admitted using file sharing websites and, by doing so, he allowed users worldwide to access, and view, the pictures. The prosecutor said five images of level five – the most serious level – were discovered, 87 at level four, 50 at level three, 36 at level two and 73 at level one. Leonard had distributed images of level five, four, three and one.

Philip Holden, for Leonard, said he had been frank, to say the least, with the probation service.

Judge Beverley Lunt told the defendant his pre-sentence report “made quite disturbing reading”.


Lancashire Telegraph