November 2018

Pervert tried to cover his tracks

A Leicester man who attempted to cover his tracks after making indecent images of children has been jailed for 12 months.

Lee Sowden, 42, of Grosvenor Gate, Leicester, was found guilty of six counts of making indecent images of children and one count of failing to comply with a Section 49 notice to disclose the key to protected information.

He was convicted yesterday (Thursday 1 November) after a three-day trial at Leicester Crown Court. Today (Friday 2 November) he was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

He was also given a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The court heard how officers executed a warrant at Sowden’s home address after they received intelligence to suggest that the internet had been used to download indecent images of children.

Officers recovered computer equipment including some storage devices.

One of the recovered devices couldn’t be accessed by the investigating team due to it having been encrypted.

Despite being issued with a Section 49 notice, Sowden refused to provide passwords to enter the device.