Paedophile Leo McLeod told cops he abused kids because he was aggressive and unhappy
A prolific paedophile told police he abused two children not for his own sexual gratification, but because of his own feelings of aggression and unhappiness.
Leo McLeod, now 28, also said he only downloaded indecent images of children because he was curious.
McLeod, of Lanner near Redruth, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to seven sexual assault of a child under 13 charges, eight sexual assaults of a child by penetration, and three counts of making indecent images of children.
Prosecuting the case, Jason Beal described how the case involves two victims and that some of the offences were committed when McLeod was a minor himself.
The majority of the facts of the case are too graphic to report but mainly involve McLeod sexually touching the victims.
Referring to the first and primary victim in the case, Mr Beal said: “She didn’t resist and thought it was normal. She didn’t say anything as she thought she’d get into trouble.
“He was interviewed in August 2020 and denied the offending, saying he didn’t know why the complainant made things up and told lies.”
However, not long after the first interview McLeod requested a second in which he made full admissions.
Mr Beal said: “He told officers that he didn’t do it for sexual gratification, saying he had feelings of aggression and unhappiness and that was why he abused them.
“He admitted viewing indecent images of children saying he was curious but not attracted to children.
McLeod’s caravan was searched and his devices were found to contain 15 Category A indecent images, 67 Category B images and 367 Category C images.
In a victim impact statement, the first victim says she struggles to feel comfortable around males and is often angry and frustrated. She struggles to get to sleep at night due to thoughts about what happened. She also contemplated suicide when it got too much.
Sentencing McLeod, Recorder M Galloway reiterated the devastating effect of the sexual abuse on the first victim and how it continues to plague her to this day. He then spoke of how McLeod also abused the second victim before going onto be found with the sick haul of indecent images.
Recorder Galloway noted McLeod’s background, his mental health and his admissions in the second interview before jailing him for 10 years with a further four to be served on licence. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register and be made subject of a sexual harm prevention order.