Police found sex abuse images at Leeds man’s home after vile chatroom boasts

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A PERVERT was caught with abusive sexual images of children on computers at his home after he bragged on a website about having sex with boys.

Police were called to Ian Hewitt’s home in Leeds after he claimed to have abused boys aged 14 and 15 while he was on gay internet messaging site.

Police in Humberside were contacted by a man who had been in conversation with Hewitt online and he had concerns about the messages he had been sent.

Officers in Humberside contacted West Yorkshire Police who executed a search warrant at Hewitt’s home on Commercial Street, Morley, on July 7 this year.

Computer equipment was taken away for examination and was found to contain 10 illegal pornographic images of children.

John Bull, prosecuting, said two of the images were at levels four and five -the two most serious categories of offending.

Hewitt was arrested and admitted being involved in the internet conversation but said he had deliberately exaggerated his claims in order to maintain the man’s interest.

He also admitted that the computer equipment was his but said it had previously been accessed by friends and former partners.

Hewitt told officers he had no sexual interest in children but couldn’t explain why he had chosen to talk about child abuse online. Hewitt pleaded guilty to ten offences of making indecent images of children. Simon Alexander, mitigating, said Hewitt had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity and had no previous convictions.

He said Hewitt had worked for a supermarket chain for ten years.

Mr Alexander said Hewitt had spoken to his employers after pleading guilty to the offences and was not currently working or claiming benefits.

He urged judge Sally Cahill, QC, to follow the recommendations of a pre-sentence report which called for Hewitt to be given a community-based punishment so he can receive treatment for his offending behaviour.

Hewitt was made the subject of a three-year community and supervision order during which he must comply with an activity requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £1,500 costs.

Judge Cahill said: “If it wasn’t for people like you these children would not be subjected to what they are subjected to

“For people who commit this kind of offence, prison is the place where they would normally be going.

“I know that if you go to prison you will not receive the type of treatment that will make sure you do not look at this type of material again. I want you to have some kind of treatment to try and stop this behaviour.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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