Pervert caught accessing child porn at Leeds library

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STAFF and members of the public were horrified after seeing a man downloading child porn on a computer in a public library.

Steven Marsden, 46, was arrested after causing outrage as he accessed the illegal images in Beeston Library, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Marsden was seen looking at the images in the computer room on December 8, 2013.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said: “Three images in particular were seen by one witness who found the experience distressing.”

Staff were asked to intervene and approached Marsden, who then quickly tried to close down files on the computer screen.

Police were contacted and Marsden’s identity was disclosed to officers who then went to his home on Temple Crescent, Beeston, and seized computer equipment.

The equipment was found to contain 20 illegal images featuring girls aged between nine and 16 being abused.

Two of the images were at category A - the most serious level of offending.

Marsden was arrested but refused to comment.

He pleaded guilty to six offences of possessing indecent images of children.

The court heard Marsden has a conviction for indecently assaulting a girl aged under 16, dating back to 1994.

Narinder Rathour, prosecuting, said Marsden had pleaded guilty to the offences at the earliest opportunity and was prepared to accept treatment to address his offending.

Marsden was made the subject of a three-year community rehabilitation order.

He was also ordered to take part in a sex offenders treatment programme.

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, told Marsden he must go on the sex offenders register for five years.

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