June 2020

Derby paedophile repeats sick crimes after prison release

A prolific sex offender from Derby bought a mobile phone on the day he was released from prison and used it to download more sick child abuse images.

Derby Crown Court heard how David Lee has two previous convictions for making, possessing and, on one occasion, sharing indecent images of children.

The crimes saw him jailed for 16 months in 2014 and then two years and four months in 2017.

On the very day he was released from the second sentence, the 56-year-old bought the mobile so he could start offending again.

However, because he has not offended again since his arrest in the summer of 2018 and the fact he is already being managed in the community, he has not been sent back to prison.

Handing Lee, of Ashbourne Road, Derby, a three-year community order, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “You have shown persistence in terms of accessing images of young children and your case is significantly aggravated because of your previous convictions.

“However, since these offences are almost two years old and during that time you have been monitored and supported and not re-offended, I will hand you a community order.

“Be under no illusions if you breach that in any way over the next three years I will have you back and send you to prison for two years.”

Lee’s case was the first since lockdown in March to see a non-custody prisoner physically enter Derby Crown Court in person to be sentenced.

Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said the National Crime Agency alerted Derbyshire police to illegal activity from his address in July 2018.

He said officers went there and seized his mobile phone.

Mr Achurch said the device was analysed and found to contain eight images or movies of child abuse that were classified as category A – the most serious.

He said there were 21 category B files and 17 category C.

Mr Achurch said: “He was interviewed on a number of occasions at first denying responsibility for the content.

“He was released from his last custodial sentence and there is evidence that on the same day he bought the smart phone seized in this case.”

Lee pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

As part of the community order he must carry out 200 hours unpaid work and will be confined to his home address each night for the next six months through an electronic tag between 7pm and 7am.

Judge Smith also ordered him to undertake a 90-day sex offender’s program and carry out 30 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.

He was also handed a fresh sexual harm prevention order.