Would-be professor caught with child porn images at his home in Leeds

Leeds Crown Court.
Leeds Crown Court.

A university lecturer distributed and accessed child porn images on computers at his home.

Nicholas Labeke was arrested after officers executed a warrant at his home on Haddon Avenue, Burley, Leeds, and seized computer equipment.

John Bull, prosecuting, said a total of 76 images and movies were discovered.

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

The computers had also been fitted with file sharing equipment and there was evidence that he had shared illegal material with others.

Leeds Crown Court heard Labeke was “highly intelligent”, had links to universities in Leeds, London, Glasgow and Nottingham, and hoped to become a professor.

He had worked as a lecturer after obtaining a PhD in France.

Labeke pleaded guilty to one offence of making indecent images of children and one of distributing indecent images of children.

Ashleigh Metcalfe, mitigating, said Labeke had also worked as a researched assistant.

She said the computers seized from his home by West Yorkshire Police contained important doctorate work and other material he need for his academic studies.

Miss Metcalfe said Labeke had been frank with police about his offending.

She added that Labeke had voluntarily referred himself to a treatment programme designed to address his offending after he was arrested.

Labeke was made the subject of a two-year community order during which he must take part in a sex offender treatment programme.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said: “I am not going to disrupt the progress you have made in dealing with problem by sending you to custody. If it can be resolved then it should be resolved.”

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