March 2018

Convicted paedophile shopped himself to police after downloading child abuse images again

A convicted paedophile has avoided jail after phoning the police and telling them he downloaded child abuse images again.

David Lindsay breached a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) he was made subject of in 2015 after being convicted of the making and possession of indecent images of children.

The 43-year-old had received a three-year community order and the SHPO was made for 10 years.

But Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting at Leeds Crown Court , said that in May last year the defendant phoned the police to tell them he had downloaded images to his laptop and thought some of them may be “borderline in terms of appropriateness.”

When police arrived at his house in South Parade in Cleckheaton , he handed over several devices for inspection.

Adding that there were more than 120 images, some of which were of boys “using toilets”, Mr Ritchie said: “Some of the images were found in locations of the computer that would not have been accessible to a non-expert user.”

Kate Bisset, mitigating, described her client phoning the police as a “rare” move, adding: “The defendant does not wish to have the inclination.

“The work he is doing with the probation service is working. When he realised he had done something, he wanted to be held accountable and not do that.”

She added that her client was attracted to older teenage boys, not under-age ones

Lindsay pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent images of children and one count of breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Sentencing Lindsay to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, Judge Simon Phillips QC told Lindsay: “You were the person who took the initiative to bring it to the attention of the authorities.”

The judge also made a new and indefinite SHPO.

July 2015

Man avoids jail after buying indecent images of children DVDs from Canada

A man has appeared in court after pleading guilty to making indecent images of children.

David Lindsay, of South Parade in Cleckheaton, was given a three year community order and told he must comply with the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.

Leeds Crown Court was told that Lindsay, 40, purchased a total of 27 DVDs from Canada in 2006, which contained over 300 explicit images of children.

Most of the images fell into the Category B level of offending.

Police attended Lindsay’s home in October 2014 as part of a wider enquiry into the importation of such materials from Canada. When they issued him with a caution, he is said to have responded, “Is it about the DVDs from Canada?”

He was charged in April this year and pleaded guilty to the offences.

It was heard that he had informed his employers of his circumstances and had lost his job as a result. His representative said Lindsay was “remorseful” for his actions and has been undergoing specialist therapy with a counsellor.

Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC said: “Your life was very straightforward except now you have a problem – that is a problem that results in you gaining pleasure from viewing images of children.

“You have begun to seek help for it so you will be able to deal with the issues you face.”

Lindsay is subject to a number of restrictions, including not having unsupervised contact with persons under 16 and not being able to purchase a computer or smartphone without consent.