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East Lancs pervert had 'vile' images of young children
A PERVERT who had ‘vile’ child porn images on his computers had also ‘spied on’ and filmed two women getting undressed, a court was told.
Leon Coleman, 29, had more than 200 photos of very young children being abused, on two computers, including 100 at the more serious levels.
The engineer, who had never been in trouble before, was spared immediate jail at Burnley Crown Court, but was sent on a sex offenders treatment programme by a judge, who said it would be better protection for society.
Coleman, of Lime Street, Accrington, had admitted voyeurism and alleg-ations of possessing an indecent photo of a child. He was given a three-year community order, with three years’ supervision, as well as the programme.
Coleman was also put on a five-year sexual offences prevention order, allowing police to monitor his internet use, and was ordered to sign the sex offen-ders’ register for five years.
Mark Lamberty, prosec- uting, said after executing a search warrant at Coleman’s home, police found 220 indecent images of children on two computers.
One hundred of the pictures were at level three, four and five. Level five is the most serious.
Adrian Williams, for Coleman, said he had been extremely candid with the police in interv-iew, and was remorseful.
Coleman’s behaviour was disturbing and unpl-easant, and born out of his own sexual gratification and his own sexual problems.
Mr Williams said Coleman accepted he had a problem and was receptive to change.
The solicitor continued: “He has lost his good char- acter. He may well lose his employment.”
Judge Beverley Lunt told Coleman if she sent him to jail, he would serve four months.
He would not be on licence when he came out, and nobody would have done any work with him to look at the problems he had with his perverted interest in indecent im-ages of children being ‘horribly abused’.
The judge continued: “With a community order, for three years the probation service would be working with you on your perversions and prob- lems.
“That, it seems to me, is the more difficult sentence for you and is the better protection for the public as a whole.”
She warned Coleman: “If I see you again, you will go to prison.”