Perverted children’s camp director admitted possessing indecent images of children
A children’s camp director who admitted possessing indecent images of children, has been given a suspended prison sentence
Ben Lewis, 25, of Lullington Garth, Borehamwood, was a director of LL Camps – an activity centre in Bushey.
He admitted four charges of downloading or taking indecent images.
Lewis, who had already spent time on remand, was handed a two-year jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay costs of £3,000.
LL Camps, which opened in 2010, was closed by Ofsted last August.
Lewis was reported to Hertfordshire Police in August by worker Sandra Vicente, who had borrowed his phone and found naked images of three and four-year-old girls on it.
“I felt my brain was polluted,” she told a previous court hearing”
Prosecutor Ann Evans told St Albans Crown Court: “Chat logs, indecent images and videos have been recovered from several of his devices going back a number of years – and found in his room by one of his old laptops was a pair of young girl’s knickers which he tried to explain away as being his brother’s.
“Then he said it was his mother who did the washing.”
Since his arrest, Lewis spent three months remanded in custody and eight months on a qualifying curfew when he was tagged.
Lewis’s sentence also included registering as a sex offender, being banned from working or having unsupervised contact with children and attending up to 100 days on a community sex offender programme.
Naked pictures of three-and four-year-old girls were found on the mobile phone of one of the owners of a children’s summer camp, a jury heard this week.
The indecent images on Ben Lewis’s iPhone were discovered by a member of staff at LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire, who said the sight of them had “polluted” her brain.
Ben Lewis has admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, and one count of taking indecent images.
Prosecutor Ann Evans told the jury at St Albans Crown Court: “Ben Lewis has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images.”
A witness said that Mr Lewis, 26, the co-owner of LL Camps, had given her his phone and PIN so she could play music at a children’s party on August 1 last year.
She said: “First I saw children on a beach. They were not wearing anything. They were aged three to four. “Then I saw pictures that had been taken in a changing room. I saw children’s vaginas. I would say they were aged three to four. I felt my brain was polluted. I felt sick.”
She said the images were also seen by other workers
That night, she said, she told Tal Landsman, 26, co-owner of LL camps with Mr Lewis, what she had seen, but the prosecution allege he did nothing and allowed his friend to continue at work.
Ms Vicente said the next day Mr Lewis spoke to her at work. “He said: ‘There is something disgusting on my phone. I don’t know how it got there’,” she said.
Three days later she reported Mr Lewis after he came to her with a three-year-old girl from her group who he said he had found in the toilets and had wet herself.
“At that point, I put my foot down. I thought I had to do something. I went home from work and called the police,” she said.