Paramedic and ex-military man spared jail after he was caught with child abuse images
A paramedic and ex-military man has been caught with 820 images of child abuse
Alan Leyshon, 62, had the images on a laptop and a tablet at the home where he lived alone, Teesside Crown Court heard today.
They mainly depicted girls aged between three and 10, with 76 images at the most serious level in law, including 60 videos, said prosecutor Emma Atkinson.
He told police: “I don’t know why I did it. I was stupid. I knew the implications.”
Leyshon admitted three charges of making indecent images of children, offences committed in the Middlesbrough area.
The judge, Recorder Dafydd Enoch QC, said: “But it’s 60 videos of distressed babies. What sort of message does it send to the public if somebody who has stuff like that doesn’t go to prison?”
After thinking “very long and hard” about it, however, he decided not to send Leyshon away.
He told the defendant: “You know what you did and you know that what you did was unforgivable.
“(It) includes videos of very young children, babies really, being sexually abused and hurt and distressed.
“Loneliness, divorce, none of that begins to excuse or explain your possession of that sort of material, I’m afraid.
“You’re a man of good character. You’ve served your country and the public in productive positive ways. I consider that to be powerful mitigation.
“There’s no evidence you’ve indulged in this fashion ever before.”
He passed a one-year jail term suspended for two years with 30 days’ rehabilitation activity.
Leyshon, whose address was recorded in court as a County Durham hotel, was given a sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.