Shift worker’s shame at child porn images

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A SHIFT worker who began filling his leisure time watching child porn on his computer was caught with disgusting images of very young children being abused.

A court heard that when questioned after police raided his home in Gathurst Lane, Shevington, Philip Leyland admitted using peer-to-peer software to view such images without paying.

And he also admitted that he sometimes copied the images onto discs so that he could then watch them on his “big television screen”.

When forensic experts examined his computer they recovered 25 images, including three movies, some in the most serious category.

Sentencing the 55-year-old, Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said that although not a great many images were found some involved very young children involved in various forms of sexual activity including bondage and penetrative activity with adults and other children.

He said that Leyland had admitted that in recent years he had “developed an unhealthy interest in child sexual images”.

The case was another example of how the internet allowed easy access to such images. “It has led someone like you, an otherwise perfectly respectable man, to commit offences of this kind.

“The consequences for you are obvious, the loss of your good name and in all probability your marriage and your liberty has been put at risk.

“Both you and others like you must understand that offences of this type will always be regarded as serious given the shocking abuse of children necessarily involved in the production of such images and the encouragement given to this evil by willing customers like you.”

Judge Menary said that it was a personal tragedy for Leyland who is genuinely remorseful and has shown some insight into his behaviour.

He sentenced him to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, placed him under supervision for 12 months and ordered him to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

Leyland was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.

Leyland, now of West Mount, Orrell, had pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images.

Sarah Phelan, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that police armed with a search warrant raided his then home on April 24 this year.

Leyland, who has no previous convictions, was at home but his wife and daughter were out.

He admitted the computer was used for normal family purposes but he also used it to view child porn.

He said he sometimes burnt discs so he could watch the images on his television set.

After watching them he would delete them and snap the discs to prevent his family finding them.