October 2021

Newquay surfing champion Lee Bartlett caught with child abuse images

A former professional surfer has narrowly avoided jail after being caught with hundreds of sick images of children.

Lee Bartlett, 50, recently appeared at Truro Crown Court to be punished for the sick haul that included images of children being raped and abused in other unthinkable ways.

Bartlett, of Mayfield Road in Newquay, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children.

In total Bartlett was charged with having 183 Category A images, 244 Category B images and 177 Category C images.

The charges relate to a time period from 2018 to June 2020.

At the hearing, Bartlett was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.

He must also complete a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement, 100 hours of unpaid work and sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. A sexual harm prevention order was also put in place.

Well-known Bartlett competed at the top level both in Britain and in Europe and worked as a surfboard shaper.