Newquay surf champion Lee Bartlett caught with child abuse footage

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

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

Bartlett, of Mayfield Road in Newquay, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent pictures of children.

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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 period from 2018 to June 2020.

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

He must also fulfill a rehabilitation activity obligation of 40 days, 100 hours of unpaid work and sign the sex offender register for 10 years. A sexual harm prevention order has also been put in place.

The famous Bartlett competed at the highest level in Britain and Europe and worked as a surfboard shaper.

A spokesperson for the NSPCC in the South West said: “By uploading and amassing a collection of indecent images, Bartlett has helped fuel a horrific industry.

“Children in content like this are victims of child sexual abuse, which can ruin the lives of the youngest members of our society.

“Tech companies and social networking sites need to do more to prevent the publication and distribution of materials like this. “

Adults concerned about the well-being of a child can contact the NSPCC helpline for advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or [email protected]

Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or childline.org.uk 24/7, 365 days a year

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