July 2019

Redland man asks judge to ban him from viewing all porn

A re-offending sex offender from Redland who claimed he ‘strayed from online adult pornography into child abuse material’ asked a judge to ban him from viewing all porn – but was declined.

NHS volunteer researcher Nicholas Leggett, who has helped at the University of Bristol, was found to have downloaded 13 child abuse images by his police offender manager.

The 70-year-old, of Roslyn Road in Bristol, pleaded guilty to making the material between July and August 2017.

Judge Julian Lambert handed him a two-year community order with a stringent Sexual Harm Prevention Order, banning him from unchecked use of the internet.

He also put him on a sex offender programme requirement.

As he left court Leggett confirmed he would “try very hard” not to look into such material again.

Simon Goodman, prosecuting, told the court Leggett was found to have downloaded images in the most serious Category A

Mr Goodman said all the illicit images were inaccessible, Leggett used no inappropriate search terms and had not tried to hide his activity.

The court heard in 2003 Leggett received a short prison sentence for possessing and inciting distribution of indecent images of children.

Following that case he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.