Sex offender convicted of online search for ‘young teenagers’, hears Leeds Crown Court

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Under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) he received in March for possessing indecent images of children, Leonard Michael Green must disclose all internet devices he owns to police and produce them on demand.

The 61-year-old was visited by the Police Protection Unit at his home on Ambler Street in Castleford on May 29, where they checked the internet history of his devices.

They found searches for ‘cute teenagers’ and ‘young teenagers’, Leeds Crown Court heard.

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They also found an unregistered laptop during a search of his home which, when powered on, had no internet history.

Green told police it belonged to his mother and hadn’t been used since 2020. He said he forgot it was there, but admitted to violating his SHPO.

Mitigating, Satpal Roth-Sharma told the court that Green had not used the tablet and said it was his first offence.

Assistant Circuit Judge Timothy Clayson took pity on Green and gave him four months in jail, but suspended him for 18 months, warning him that any future offenses would mean he would go to jail.

Green was convicted by Leeds Magistrates’ Court on March 25 on four counts.

They included possession of 184 Category A images – the most serious abuse – along with 47 Category B, 811 Category C and one extreme pornographic image involving a person and a dog.

He received a community order, 200 hours of unpaid work and five years’ SHPO.

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