July 2017

Former brass band leader handed 10-month suspended jail term for possessing indecent images of children and voyeurism

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A FORMER Stroud band manager, who was stopped by a video chat-line sex worker after he showed her a video of child abuse, has walked free from court today.

Lee Downie, of Hawthorn Rise, Cainscross, who was the manager of the award winning Flowers Band at the time of his offending, pleaded guilty in January to two offences of voyeurism and five of possessing or distributing indecent images of children.

Downie was today, at Gloucester Crown Court, given a ten month jail term suspended for two years with a requirement that he attend thirty rehabilitation activity sessions with a probation worker.

The sentence had been deferred until today on the condition that he attended an accredited programme to address his sexual perversions.

In January Judge Jamie Tabor QC said: “You will adjust your moral compass and understand why you have such a perverted view of sex. When you come back, if it is quite clear you have changed your views and attitude I shall not send you to prison immediately.

“But if you fail to do that you will lose your liberty and your job, which other people apparently depend on for their jobs as well.”

Prosecutor Janine Wood said all the offences came to light as a result of Downie chatting to a woman sex worker on adultwork.com at the end of 2015.

“The lady very responsibly contacted West Yorkshire police after the defendant had taken part in a video forum with her with the username ‘lickmyarseoff,'” said Mrs Wood.

“He showed her a video of an 11 year old female engaged in sexual intercourse and he told her it turned him on. It sounded as if he was masturbating at the time.

“Checking the chatlogs on his computer, the police found he had been talking to a total of 58 sex workers on chatlines.”

Judge Tabor said: “He is a very highly sexed man who has talked to 58 sex workers, which must have been very expensive. He gets sexual gratification from talking to them while playing these videos. It’s as simple as that.”

Today, Mrs Wood told the judge: “The sentence was deferred in relation to making and distributing indecent images. The children were aged twelve plus, and there was no torture in the images.

“He was in contact with sex workers bragging to them about filming his partner and friend. He was masturbating via Skype” she said.

The judge noted “he was paying a fortune.”

Mrs Wood agreed saying: “It shows the depravity of the man. The starting point is three years imprisonment.”

The judge considered how Downie had kept to the terms of the deferment and said “he was to attend a Lucy Faithful Foundation course, but I am concerned that on the day of his last court appearance he was looking at pornography.

“He still says he doesn’t have an interest in children. He is a man who thinks very highly of himself.

“The opinion expressed by an experienced police officer is that he has a high opinoin of himself, without justification I may add, is arrogant, unempathetic, and will not accept he has a sexual interest in children.

“This is an unattractive picture” the judge said to Sabhia Pathan, Downies’ lawyer.

Ms Pathan said: “He has written to you, and he doesn’t take particular issue with that the police officer has written. He has been open and honest.

“Since Lucy Faithful he has had a period of self-reflection. He describes himself as a very different person to then.”

The judge remarked that Downie was “Engulfed with a sexual obsession. He was looking at pornography when he was sat outside court waiting. Come on! What’s wrong with him?”

Ms Pathan said that “His partner stands by him and Your Honour might think that is absurd. She has lost her work with vulnerable people due to his offending. The children aged ten and twelve have indicated that they don’t want to see him.

“That has been the pivotal change. He believes he has had a massive change; going on counselling courses. He is in a marked different position.

“He works ten hours a day, seven days a week. He has thrown himself into work. His obsessions can only be realistically dealt with by probation” she concluded.

Sentencing Downie the judge said to him: “You present a very unusual problem for a judge. Most defendants who appear in court for interest in the sexual exploitation of children fit into quite clearly definable categories. You don’t.

“It is clear that you have an obsession with sex. You’ve had it for a long time. Spending a fortune talking to sex workers.

“You became corrupt and depraved. Showing images of young people being defiled. Your moral compass was very wrong. I’m not certain it has swung back.

“The report from the police is damning. A lack of empathy; very high opinion of yourself, and who knows why? But you are intelligent, or maybe you are not a stupid man. You have started to address your issues.

“That was the deal, and I will stick to it, but you have been skating on thin ice for quite some time.

“We have heard little of the voyeurism charges today, but they are emblematic of the way you have been behaving. A horrible invasion of privacy.

“Your family have changed their name, because of you. I hope one day you understand the harm you have caused.”

Turning to DC Ian Bennett, the officer in the case, the judge said: “I’d like you to keep a particular close eye on this man.”

Alongside the suspended jail term, Downie was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life and ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for ten years.

He was also ordered to pay a fine of £5,000 and costs of £1,500.

January 2017

Brass band manager watched child abuse while on sex webcams and spied on females in toilets

A TOP brass band manager was reported to the police by a female sex worker when he showed her indecent images of children while talking to her on a video chatline, a court heard today.

Officers who arrested Lee Downie, 41, discovered not only was he in possession of films of children having sex but that he had also secretly used a hidden camera to record two females using a toilet, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

Father-of-two Downie, a percussionist who was managing the award winning Flowers Band at the time of his offences, pleaded guilty to two offences of voyeurism and five of possessing or distributing indecent images of children.

After hearing that Downie, of Hawthorn Rise, Cainscross, Stroud, has been receiving sex therapy and counselling since his arrest, Judge Jamie Tabor QC deferred sentence on him for six months.

“During that time you will attend one of the accredited programmes such as the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and you will adjust your moral compass and understand why you have such a perverted view of sex,” the judge told Downie.

“When you come back, if it is quite clear you have changed your views and attitude, I shall not send you to prison immediately.

“But if you fail to do that you will lose your liberty and your job, which other people apparently depend on for their jobs as well.”

The judge said if he did not jail Downie at the next hearing on July 24, he would fine him very heavily and order him to pay a lot of costs.

“You are going to receive simply appalling publicity as a result of this, which will be a very heavy punishment for you,” the judge added.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said all the offences came to light as a result of Downie chatting to a woman sex worker on adultwork.com at the end of 2015.

It is a website which advertises itself as “committed to providing a safe and anonymous environment where individuals can distribute and market their own adult products, services and content.”

“The lady very responsibly contacted West Yorkshire police after the defendant had taken part in a video forum with her with the username ‘lickmyarseoff,'” said Mrs Wood.

“He showed her a video of an 11-year-old female engaged in sexual intercourse and he told her it turned him on. It sounded as if he was masturbating at the time.

“She turned the forum off at that stage and then contacted the police.”

Mrs Wood said police traced Downie and raided his home on March 16 last year.

All his computer devices were seized along with a pinhole camera on which police found film taken in February of two women using a toilet.

Checking the chatlogs on his computer, the police found he had been talking to a total of 58 sex workers on chatlines.

Seven of the call logs ‘seemed to imply that he was making requests to watch child porn movies,’ the court heard.

Indecent movies of children having sex were also found – 17 of the most extreme kind, category A, and 10 classed as category B.

Judge Tabor said this indicated Downie has had such perverted interests for at least 16 years.

“He accepts he has issues with regard to sexual satisfaction for many years,” said Ms Pathan.

Judge Tabor said: “He is a very highly sexed man who has talked to 58 sex workers, which must have been very expensive.

“He gets sexual gratification from talking to them while playing these videos. It’s as simple as that.”

As soon as the offences came to light, Downie’s ex-partner, who looks after their children aged 10 and 12, ‘very swiftly stopped all contact with him.’

December 2016

Former Band Manager pleads guilty to child sex abuse images and voyeurism charges

Lee Downie, the former Band Manager and percussionist of the Flowers Band has admitted two offences of voyeurism and five of possessing or distributing child sexual abuse images

The case was heard at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday December 9th where he was bailed until January 27th for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. He was ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register immediately.

Downie, 41 years old of Hawthorn Rise, Cainscross, Stroud pleaded guilty to secretly video recording two adult women doing ‘private acts’ for his own sexual gratification, as well as admitting to two offences of making indecent images between September 2005 and April 2016 involving 27 movies — 17 at the worst level category A and 10 at level category B.

He further admitted three offences of distributing indecent movie files of children, all level category A.

Recorder James Watson QC, informed Downie that all sentencing options including immediate imprisonment would be open to the court.

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