July 2016

Skipton teenager sentenced for collecting and distributing child abuse images

A teenager with learning difficulties has been sentenced to a three-year community order for collecting and distributing indecent images of children.

Jordan Courtney, 18, of Cawder Road in Skipton, was aged 15 to 16 when he downloaded pictures of little boys and shared some of them on his phone.

He pleaded guilty to six offences of possessing and distributing indecent images of children and possession of one extreme pornographic photo.

Prosecutor, Heather Gilmore, told Bradford Crown Court today that police attended Courtney’s home on July 8, 2014, and seized computer equipment after being alerted that illegal images were being downloaded from an IP address at the property.

He told officers he searched for pictures of babies and little boys because he was bored.

His collection included Category A material, which is the most serious.

Courtney’s solicitor advocate, Ray Singh, said the teenager was a youth at the time.

He had learning difficulties and was immature, isolated and sexually confused.

He was at low risk of reoffending and the probation service was able and willing to work with him.

The community order includes a sex offender treatment programme and a 60-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Courtney must also obey a six-month curfew order and sign on the sex offenders register for five years.

The judge made an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.