Leeds pervert preyed on boy and girl

Lee Bryan.  Jailed for three years, eight months, at Leeds Crown Court.
Lee Bryan. Jailed for three years, eight months, at Leeds Crown Court.

A PERVERT who carried out sex offences against a young boy and a girl was found in possession of indecent images of children when he was investigated by police, a court heard.

Lee Bryan was jailed for three years, eight months, after a court heard how he had filmed one of his young victims at a house in Leeds.

Police officers discovered illegal images and movies on Bryan’s computer equipment and mobile phone when they were contacted over an historic allegation of sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl.

Bryan denied the offence but was found guilty of sexual assault and two offences of making indecent images of a child after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Bryan, of Back Conway Street, Harehills, pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of a child, one of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one of engaging in sexual activity with a child. The court heard Bryan has previous convictions for indecent exposure and for assaulting a female. Judge Penelope Belcher told Bryan: “The jury have found you guilty on very strong evidence.”

Bryan must go on the sex offenders register indefinitely. The judge also commended the West Yorkshire Police officers involved in the investigation of the case for “painstaking” efforts to bring Bryan to justice.

After the case, Det Insp Dave Cowley, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “Bryan was responsible for the sexual abuse of children and is clearly someone with a predatory nature who presents a danger to other children. We hope the fact he has now had to answer for his crimes will provide some degree of comfort to the victims.

“He was also convicted of having a number of indecent images of children and it’s important to remember that behind each of those images is a child being abused. Those who seek out images of this nature are playing their part in that abuse.

“We hope this case will help to reassure victims that they will be taken seriously and their complaints fully investigated by specialist safeguarding officers, regardless of when the offences occurred, and that we will do all we can to see those responsible brought to justice.”