‘Secret agent’ Leeds pervert back before court on child porn offences

Martin Bevan.
Martin Bevan.
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A PAEDOPHILE jailed for grooming a schoolboy by claiming to be a government agent has now been convicted of child porn charges.

Martin Bevan, 55, was jailed for two years in January this year after a court heard he contacted a 14-year-old through an internet site before showering him with gifts.

They included a new mobile phone so they could keep in touch behind his parents’ back.

The grandfather made regular trips from Birmingham to meet the boy near his home in north Leeds.

He also performed a sex act on the youngster in a pub car park and sparked a missing persons inquiry when he took him to a hotel for the night.

Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday how computer equipment seized by police during the investigation was found to contain 234 illegal images.

Bevan yesterday admitted 11 charges of making indecent photographs of children. Bevan is due for release on licence next Wednesday, when he will be moved to a hostel.

Graham Parkin, for Bevan, said his client had not yet been able to attend a sex offender treatment programme while in custody.

He urged The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, to impose a community order for the indecent images offences so he could attend a programme.

Bevan was made the subject of a community and supervision order for three years. During that time he will have to comply with orders from the probation and attend a sex offender treatment programme.

Bevan has already been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

At his sentencing earlier this year, the court heard Bevan told his victim he was called Martin, but he used a different name because of his covert government work.

The boy’s mother became suspicious and confiscated his phone after finding “perverse” photographs on it.

His mobile phone showed 200 text messages had been exchanged between the pair in a single day alone.

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