June 2018

Suspended sentence for Preston student who filmed six-year-old in pub toilet

A Preston politics student who filmed a six-year-old boy using the toilets of a Lancashire pub, and who also downloaded indecent images of other youngsters from the dark web, has walked free from Preston Crown Court with a suspended sentence

James Peter Gildea, 23, received an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years.

The pervert targeted the youngster last July at a restroom at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham, a place the child was visiting for the day with his family.

Gildea, whose family hail from Garstang, was also ordered to do 25 days of rehabilitation activity requirement and 250 hours of unpaid community work.

He was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the sex offenders register, both for the next 10 years.

Gildea’s phone, laptop and the images will also being destroyed.

He worked as a checkout operator at Morrisons and studied at Cardinal Newman College before moving to Stirling to study international politics.

The case was adjourned in April for sentencing after Gildea admitted six sexual offences at Preston Crown Court for voyeurism, taking indecent photographs of hcildren, three counts of making indecent images of children, and possessing an extreme image involving a horse.