'Public served by keeping Cheshire paedophile out of jail' decides judge

Published date: 18 May 2017 |
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A MAN who took photos up schoolgirls’ skirts on buses and downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children has been spared jail.

Judge Simon Killeen told defendant Adam Prince, 28, that justice would be better served by suspending his prison sentence and helping him tackle his issues.

Putting him behind bars would only bring him into contact with “like-minded people”, the judge said.

“The public would be better served, as would children, by you being assisted and compelled through a court order to face your problem,” he told Prince.

Chester Crown Court heard on Tuesday that police officers had snared the defendant after they received intelligence that he was viewing images of children being sexually abused.

They seized seven devices, including phones, hard drives and computer towers from his home and discovered around 400 images and film clips, 14 of which were of the most serious category.

It emerged the defendant had been taking photos on buses of girls in school uniform in the hope of getting pictures of their underwear.

Furthermore, he had images of a young woman taking a shower at his own home which he had taken through a vent in the door.

Prosecutor Jo Maxwell told the court the victim had willingly gone to Prince’s home but had no idea she was being photographed.

Prince, of Avondale Drive in Widnes, Cheshire, admitted six charges, including possession of indecent images, production of images and one count of voyeurism.

The court heard he had made full admissions and was “incredibly candid and frank” about his problem during police interviews.

He was handed a 22-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and must pay £535 in costs.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) for 10 years and must sign on the sex offenders’ register for the same duration.

The judge said: “Society must protect itself from people who are prepared to [make images of children] but also from people like you who are prepared to take advantage of this.”

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