Leeds man’s 12-year child porn shame

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A pervert accessed indecent images of children on computers at his home in Leeds for 12 years before he was caught.

Leeds Crown Court heard Graham Sunter was arrested after officers executed a search warrant at his home in Harehills, Leeds, on November 1 last year.

Officers told Sunter, 60, that they were acting on intelligence that led them to suspect he had been accessing illegal material from the property.

Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said Sunter immediately admitted that he had been accessing images but said he had not distributed them to anyone else. Two computers were taken away and analysed. They were found to contain a total of 544 illegal images and movies. Investigations revealed that Sunter had been accessing the images from July 2004 up until he was arrested.

A total of 17 images were at category A - the most serious level of offending. The images featured children aged between four and 11 years of age. Sunter was interviewed and was open about his sexual interest in children. Sunter, of Bayswater Place, Harehills, pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of a child, one of possession of indecent images of a child and one of possession of an extreme pornographic image.

Kenton Sergeant, mitigating, said Sunter had pleaded guilty to the offence at an early stage and urged judge Neil Clark to impose a community punishment so he could receive treatment to address his offending. Sunter was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was made the subject of a supervision order.

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