August 2019

Cheshire dad jailed for possessing indecent images of kids and a dog

A Cheshire dad who is already serving time has been sent to jail again for possessing indecent images of children.

Jason Lewis, 43, of Warrington Road, Warrington , pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent images of children and a pornographic image involving a sexual act with a dog.

Lewis is already serving time at HM Prison Risley in Warrington for an aggravated burglary offence in 2017.

Yesterday, Chester Magistrates Court heard how between August 13 and August 20, 2017, at Flint, Jason Lewis was found to have in his possession indecent images of children and a pornographic image of a female and a dog.

The discovery came after Lewis’s iPhone 6 was seized during a police investigation for his original offence two years ago.

Officers quickly discovered the phone contained more than 20 indecent images of children.

Ronan Molloy, of Forster Dean solicitors, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was originally sent to prison in 2017 for six years for an aggravated burglary offence and in the course of that investigation a mobile phone was seized, an iPhone 6, which was found to contain a number of pornographic images and indecent images of children.

“One of the officers investigating said he viewed a number of pictures and 23 of the images were found to be females aged between six and 16-years-old.”

Defending, Stephen Ferns, of Jacobs Solicitors, said his client had given a guilty plea at the very first opportunity.

In court, he said: “This is the third listing of this case which is not my defendant’s fault but due to confusion over which prison he was in.

“He does have children of his own so he will need to speak to social services to get permission to see his own children following the sexual prevention order he will receive.”

Lewis was handed a six month prison sentence which will run consecutively with his current sentence for all four charges including:

  • Possessing extreme pornographic image portraying an indecent act with a dead/live animal

  • Possessing indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child

  • Making indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child X 2.

Francis Miller, lead magistrate, said: “Mr Lewis, you have heard everything that has been presented here today about this case.

“We have taken into account your guilty plea on the first possible occasion and we will give you credit for that.

“We impose a six month custodial sentence on each of the four charges, these will run consecutively with your current sentence.

“We will order for the phone to be forfeited and destroyed.

“We have given credit by not sending the case to the crown court where your sentence could have been higher, as the maximum sentence we can impose here is six months.”

Magistrates also imposed a £115 victim surcharge and a sexual harm prevention order which will last for five years.

The sexual harm prevention order imposes restrictions on access to devices which have the ability to access the internet and store images.

Lewis was also told he must not have any contact with a child aged 16 or under unless he gains permission from the child’s parent or guardian.