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Leeds pervert’s ‘nudist’ excuse over child porn pictures

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  • by Tony Gardner
 

A PERVERT tried to explain away having naked photographs of children on his mobile phone by claiming he was from a family of nudists, a court heard.

Chistopher Pratt was caught with the images despite being the subject of a sexual offences prevention order banning him from possessing them.

Leeds Crown Court heard Pratt was given the order along with a suspended prison sentence in 2005 after he pleaded guilty to offences relating to him being in possession of over 800 child porn images.

Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said Pratt was arrested on November 14 last year in relation to a different matter. During police interview he was asked questions about his mobile phone.

Miss Hancock said: “He admitted that there were images of naked children in among some pictures of family nudists.” The mobile phone was seized and found to contain a total of 25 illegal images.

Pratt, of Grahamthorpe, Bramley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to five offences of possession of indecent images of children and one of breach of a sexual offences prevention order. James Littlehales, mitigating, said his client had admitted the offence at an early opportunity.

He urged judge Penelope Belcher to impose a community punishment so Pratt could receive treatment. He said Pratt had attended courses after his first child porn convictions eight years ago but said they were less intensive than the progammes now available.

Judge Belcher made Pratt the subject of a three-year community orderduring which he must attend a sex offender treatment programme.

The judge said she was faced with a “stark choice” because Pratt would not receive treament if she sent him to jail.

She added: “My public duty is better served by you attending courses.”

 
 
 

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