March 2019

Pervert had indecent images

A paedophile was found with a cache of vile child abuse images and a pornographic image involving a snake.

Stephen James Bateson also believed he was corresponding with two children online – but unknown to him he was speaking to an undercover police officer, Preston Crown Court was previously told.

The 30-year-old, of Bournesfield, Hoghton, Preston, has admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, making and possessing indecent photographs of children, and possessing extreme pornography involving animals.

It is understood during the online conversations he suggested kissing, her placing her hands down his trousers and had enquired if she had photographs of herself ‘without clothes’.

His sentencing was adjourned and he is now expected to appear on March 15 instead.