Twelve years jail for Nottinhamshire man who engaged in sexual activity with a child

Thomas Leonard, 23, has been given 12 years jail, of which he must serve nine, for engaging in sexual activity with a child
Thomas Leonard, 23, has been given 12 years jail, of which he must serve nine, for engaging in sexual activity with a child

A man who was found to have thousands of indecent images of children on his home computer has today been jailed for 12 years and will serve a minimum of nine.

Thomas Leonard, 23, of Bracken Avenue, New Ollerton, admitted engaging in sexual activity with a child, trespass and possession of indecent images of children.

Leonard’s home was searched in October 2014 by officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s Sexual Exploitation Investigation Unit. A forensic examination of a laptop taken from the address recovered more than 900,000 images relating to female children and other similar images.

Due to the high volume only a small percentage of the 900,000 or so images were categorised but they still included more than 500 images which were classed as Category A indecent images.

As well as many images he had downloaded from other website, Leonard was also found to have in his possession a large number of ‘first generation’ images – images he had created himself, as well as images he photographed before turning them into pornographic and indecent material using photo-editing software.

Detective Inspector Pete Quinn said: “Leonard’s crimes were some of the most disturbing we have dealt with when it comes to indecent images.

“His actions in filming and photographing those around him in the local community were despicable and mark him out as a profound danger to the community.

“We are pleased to see how seriously the court has taken these offences.”