June 2018

Luton pervert jailed for child abuse images offences and messaging children online

A depraved man from Luton has been jailed for 12 months for sending explicit messages to a child online and possessing over 2,000 child sexual abuse images.

Nathaniel Leather, 24, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court today after being found guilty of the charges. Leather, of Hillcroft Close, will also be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for five years, which has conditions attached that he must adhere to following his release.

On his arrest, his phone was seized and officers downloaded more than 2,000 images – including some of the most serious category

DC Katie Robinson from Bedfordshire Police’s Emerald team, said: “This is a great result as online grooming is a very real threat and something which we are working incredibly hard to tackle.

“Offenders target young children for their own sexual gratification, and following grooming they arrange to meet their victims in real life. Their intention is to sexually abuse children.

“He was also found guilty of viewing and possessing a number of indecent images of children. This is not a victimless crime and causes real harm to the children, which is made even worse with every share of the image.