A 31-year-old man from Buckinghamshire has been sentenced after being convicted of making indecent “vile and sickening” images of children.
Lee Joseph, formerly of Eastern Street, Aylesbury, was convicted by a unanimous jury verdict on one count of each; taking indecent photographs of a child in categories A, B and C during a trial in Amersham court on June 25.
Between July 26, 2018 and August 8, 2018, Joseph uploaded various indecent images to his cell phone.
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In an independent investigation, his phone was seized and 15 other indecent images were found in categories A to C, as well as various searches related to a sexual interest in children.
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He previously told police someone else must have downloaded the footage to his phone.
Joseph, who returned to Amersham courthouse on Thursday, September 9 for sentencing, was sentenced to six months in jail for Category A footage, three months for Category B footage and two months for the footage of category C – with the penalties to run concurrently and suspended for two years.
He also received a two-year supervision order as well as 15 days of rehabilitation.
Joseph was also subject to a Sexual Injury Prevention Order for seven years, which means he cannot access the internet without the knowledge of the police and is prohibited from using any form of software. deletion or encryption.
He also cannot use any form of remote storage or own any device capable of storing images without police permission.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable James Lacey of the Aylesbury CID said:.
âJoseph lied throughout his interviews with the police and, during his trial, even continued to lie to the jury about his sexual interest in children and the internet research he did about it.
“I am glad that he was convicted of these offenses and has now been convicted.”
He added: âI am particularly pleased that it is now on the sex offender registry and that it is the subject of a lengthy court order aimed at preventing further offenses of this nature.
âI hope Joseph will engage in the court-ordered rehabilitation program, and that this will prevent him from engaging in this disgusting activity in the future.
âDownloading images of indecent children is far from a victimless crime. In order for such images to be created, real children were subjected to horrific abuse by adults. As people continue to search for and view such images, there will be continued demand for their creation, which puts vulnerable children at increased risk.
âFor these reasons, the Thames Valley Police will never tolerate people being involved in these images. We will always act on any information concerning persons in possession of these documents and bring the offenders to court. “
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