July 2022

Man caught sharing indecent images avoids jail as Leeds judge says he ‘would not cope well’

A young man from Leeds who was caught sharing indecent images has avoided jail 

Jamie Shirt was also found in possession of more than 300 illegal images ranging from Category A – the most serious – to Category C

The 20-year-old appeared at Leeds Crown Court, where prosecutor Robert Galley said that police had been alerted to an IP address in October 2020 linked to Shirt’s home.

When they caught up with him at his college, they said he was “shocked and lost for words”.

They confiscated two phones on which they eventually found 67 Category A photos and movies, 52 Category B and 185 Category C.

He was also found to have shared three images over social media platform Kik, with “someone with a shared interest”.

It was thought that he had spent a year downloading the vile images, which showed children aged from five to 15 being abused.

Shirt, of Greenhill Crescent, Wortley, has no previous convictions and admitted three counts of possessing indecent images and one of distributing images.