January 2018

Keynsham man banned from library for suspicious behaviour was viewing child abuse

A man suspected of viewing porn in a public library ended up viewing a courtroom.

Staff thought David Dukes was looking at indecent images on a computer when he was not overlooked at Keynsham Library, Bristol Crown Court heard.

A check revealed he was looking at pictures of children and he was banned from the premises.

Police who searched his home examined a USB stick and found child abuse images.

The 40-year-old, of Rubens Close in Keynsham, pleaded guilty to two charges of making an indecent photograph of a child.

Judge Douglas Field handed him a two-year community order.

He told Dukes: “You have led quite an isolated life and suffered periods of depression.”

Dukes was given rehabilitation, told to perform 100 hours’ unpaid work and register as a sex offender for five years.

He was handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order designed to stop him re-offending and told to pay £600 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

The memory stick was destroyed.

Unlike cases in which police find many thousand still photos and videos, in this case only a small number of indecent images of children were found.

One involved clothed girls aged 14 to 15 kissing while 137 involved youngsters in various states of undress in the lowest Category C concern category.

Mr Jones said Dukes was of previous good character and a had a job which he would retain.