February 2019

Disgraced PC jailed for using Plenty of Fish to carry out sexual fantasies

 

A depraved 45-year-old police officer who tried to persuade a mum to have sexual activity with her own young children was jailed for a year today.

Disgraced Adam Leighton-Price, of Priory Road, Portbury, Bristol – who was sacked last month by Avon & Somerset Constabulary after 25 years service – pleaded guilty at Gloucester crown court to encouraging an adult online to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13 between 14-17 November 2017.

He also admitted three charges of having extreme pornographic images of bestiality in his possession on 18th November 2017.

Those images included video clips of a ‘man being raped by a bull’ but were mainly ‘females with dogs’ the court heard.

Jailing Leighton-Price, Judge Ian Lawrie QC told him: “Within you there is a sexual deviancy of concern.”

At previous hearings the court heard Leighton-Price was suffering from Leukaemia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the time of his offending.

Defence Lawyer, Brendan Moorhouse said Leighton-Price had struggled to come to terms with the diagnosis and felt unsupported by his employers.

Prosecutor, Giles Nelson said the sexual grooming offence took place on the internet.

“He was asking a woman to get her own infant to sexually touch her,” said Mr Nelson.

“It did not take place. She rang the police.”

The court heard Leighton-Price adopted a pseudonym on the ‘Plenty of Fish’ dating website where he met the mother of two children.

“He lied about where he lived, and what his personal circumstances were,” Mr Nelson said.

“He was aligning himself to a similar background.”

Judge Lawrie agreed: “He was trying to match to her background.”

Mr Nelson went on “The messaging started on the dating website but on the evening of 15th November 2017 they then moved to Kik Messenger.

“The conversations are steered back to a sexual context by the defendant, and he keeps bringing into the conversation the issue of her own children,” Mr Nelson said.

The prosecutor said the woman became so concerned about the nature of Leighton-Price’s messaging that she contacted authorities.

He was encouraging the woman to get her infants to touch her intimately.

Leighton-Price also pretended he had a daughter of his own and he told the woman he had sexually assaulted her.

“He carried on being sexually graphic with the woman. He asked her to play with herself and asked whether her child was playing with her.

“He told her to get the hands of the child to touch her.

“It continues like this for a protracted period of time,” Mr Nelson said. “It developed so that she was concerned and called the police.”

When he was arrested the police seized his laptop and found images of extreme pornography involving animals depicting ‘oral and penetrative sex’.

“They are utterly degrading in their nature,” the prosecutor said.

The court heard that Leighton-Price had been a serving police officer since 1994, and had been dismissed last month as a result of his offences.

Mr Nelson said Leighton-Price served with Avon & Somerset police as ‘a PC from outset – on active duty for many, many years.

“He was involved in the interviewing of suspects for the past four years and so was not on active duty.”

The court heard Leighton-Price had no previous convictions.

Mr Moorhouse said: “It was a gross error of judgement in the context of strong medication and the shock of the diagnosis.

He is a man who was being moved around work. Unwell, taking very powerful drugs.

Referring to a book by Nancy Friday, Mr Moorhouse said: “He came across a book to do with sexual fantasies. Widely available in bookshops, not illegal.”

The barrister said passages referred to ‘relationships with parents and children’.

“His judgement was affected as such that he moved into that area to see if people in that area would do that in reality,” Mr Moorhouse said. “He was not thinking straight.

“That impairment of his health, his critical thinking, perhaps blurred the boundaries from something he read, to action.”

Mr Moorhouse said his client had suffered ‘years and years of being ill’.

“How does that explain bestiality and his constant searching for such material?” The judge asked.

“It is deeply offensive material,” Mr Moorhouse accepted, “but over a short period of time. A tiny number of images were retained.

“He started to explore things he had read about. Most people would baulk at going anywhere near it.

“There is no immediate bridge from reading a book, and having health problems and immediately doing it.

“He is not thinking as clearly as perhaps as he would have been if he was healthy, and not feeling ill all the time.”

The judge retorted: “He is a policeman – he is a policeman. He has a broader understanding of human frailties.

“The images are pretty appalling.

“He is breaching the implicit trust that is expected of a police officer.

“This gives a dangerous insight into what is going through his mind on occasion.”

Mr Moorhouse urged a suspended jail term with ‘a treatment programme given the brevity of the offending’.

Judge Lawrie said: “I have concerns about what this man was doing. What baffled me was the very young age of the potential victim.

“In truth is there a bit of a dark corner of his soul?

“The offence is within the band for suspension, but can it be suspended? That is the question.”

After adjourning the hearing on Friday and considering the case over the weekend the judge ruled today that he could not suspend the sentence, saying: “It has to be immediate, which is a matter of regret, but what you did cannot be ignored”.

He said Leighton-Price ‘does not appear to be able on the face of it to confront what he has done’.

Judge Lawrie told him: “You betrayed your role and office as a police constable.

“You proposed involving a two year old and six month old in the offences.

“It is of note that you lied about being the father of a three year old and being abused as a child.

“Your sexual suggestions of sexually abusing her children are clear, on a sequence of occasions over two or three nights.

“The mother became so unsettled that she rightly went to the authorities.

“You were doing it with a stranger. You would not know if those suggestions would have been carried out.

“You were persistent in seeking your sexual gratification,” the judge said.

“Your sexual deviancy is clear from your computer searches.

“The images downloaded are combination of still and video,” the judge said noting there was 57 minutes of video.

“There are sadly graphic images of sex taking place between dogs and women.”

He ruled that he did not accept a link between Leighton-Price’s illness and his offending.

“The ill health is being managed, and being managed well,” the judge said. “The Leukaemia was diagnosed in 1990. I do not see how that is playing a part now.”

Judge Lawrie continued “You would, as a police officer, be aware of the illegality of what you were doing.

“I have no hesitation in rejecting your efforts to explain your offending.

“What strikes me is your reluctance to accept your sexual deviancy,” the judge said.

“You were encouraging a breach of trust between mother and very young child.

“There was a degree of planning, not significant, but there was calculation and the contrived information you put on the website.”

Alongside the jail term, Leighton-Price was ordered to sign the sex offender register for ten years.

Police officer encouraged an adult to engage in sexual activity with a child

A police officer who encouraged an adult to engage in sexual activity with a child is due to be sentenced on Monday.

Adam Leighton-Price, of Priory Road in Portbury, admitted arranging or facilitating a child sex offence between November 14 and 17, 2017. He encouraged an adult to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13.

The Avon and Somerset Constabulary officer also admitted three counts of possession of extreme pornographic images, on November 18, 2017.

Judge Ian Lawrie QC, sitting at Gloucester Crown Court, heard Leighton-Price had leukaemia and PTSD.

Defence Lawyer Brendan Moorhouse said his client had struggled to come to terms with the diagnosis, and felt unsupported by his employers.

Prosecutor, Giles Nelson said the grooming offence took place online: “He is asking a woman to get her own infant to sexually touch her.

“It did not take place, because she rang the police.”

The exchanges took place on ‘Kik Messenger Platform’.

The court heard Leighton-Price adopted a pseudonym on a dating site where he met the mother of two children.

“He lied about where he lived, and what his personal circumstances were,” Mr Nelson said.

“The conversations are steered back to a sexual context by the defendant, and he keeps bringing into the conversation the issue of her own children,” Mr Nelson said.

The prosecutor said the woman became so concerned, she contacted authorities.

He was encouraging the woman to get her infants to touch her intimately.

Leighton-Price also invented a daughter, and told the woman he had “played with the three-year-old”.

“He carried on being sexually graphic. He asked her to play with herself, and whether her child was playing with her.”

Extreme pornography found

When he was arrested, police seized his laptop and found images of extreme pornography involving animals.

“They are utterly degrading in their nature,” the prosecutor said.

The court heard Leighton-Price had been a serving police officer since 1994. He was dismissed as a result of these offences last month.

Mr Nelson said: “He was a PC from outset. On active duty for many, many years.

“He was involved in interviewing of suspects for past four years and so not on active duty.”

The court heard Leighton-Price had no previous convictions.

‘He started to explore things he had read about’
Mr Moorhouse said: “It was a gross error of judgement in the context of strong medication and the shock of the diagnosis.

“He is a man who was being moved around work. Unwell, taking very powerful drugs.

Mr Moorhouse said: “He came across a book to do with sexual fantasies. Widely available in bookshops, not illegal.”

The barrister said passages referred to ‘relationships with parents and children’.

“His judgement was affected as such that he moved into that area to see if people in that area would do that in reality,” Mr Moorhouse said. “He was not thinking straight.”

“That impairment of his health, his critical thinking, perhaps blurred the boundaries from something he read, to action.”

Mr Moorhouse said his client had suffered ‘years and years of being ill’.

“How does that explain bestiality and his constant searching for that material?” The judge asked.

“It is deeply offensive material,” Mr Moorhouse accepted, “but over a short period of time. A tiny number of images were retained.

“He started to explore things he had read about. Most people would balk at going anywhere near it.

“There is no immediate bridge from reading a book, and having health problems and immediately doing it.

“He is not thinking as clearly as perhaps as he would have been if he was healthy, and not feeling ill all the time.”

“He is a policeman, he is a policeman,” The judge said. “He has a broader understanding of human frailties.

“The images are pretty appalling.

“He is breaching the implicit trust that is expected of a police officer.

“This gives a dangerous insight into what is going through his mind on occasion.”

Judge Lawrie said: “I have concerns about what this man was doing. What baffled me was the very young age of the potential victim.

“In truth is there a bit of a dark corner of his soul.”

The judge adjourned the sentence until Monday, February 18

February 2019

Bristol police constable guilty of sex offences involving child

A police constable who was reported on suspicion of child sex crimes after a discussion on social media has been sacked by Avon and Somerset Police.

Adam Leighton-Price’s name was passed on to a child protection charity and then to police, a misconduct hearing was told.

Last month, the 45-year-old from Bristol admitted arranging sexual activity with a child under 13.

Leighton-Price will be sentenced on 14 February at Gloucester Crown Court.

He also admitted three counts of possessing extreme pornography. These images depicted sexual acts involving animals.

Leighton-Price had previously had training in tackling child sexual exploitation, and this was considered by the force to be an “aggravating factor”.

Supt Richard Corrigan described the the case, which dates back to 2017, as “extremely serious”.

His crimes came to light after a member of the public who he was conversing with via a social media channel alerted a child protection charity.

These concerns were passed onto the police resulting in the officer being suspended while an investigation was carried out.