Child abuse image pervert spared jail

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A man who had a stash of images of children being sexually abused has been ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for five years – but has avoided jail.

Stewart Andrew Bunce, 52, of Regent Road, Blackpool, previously pleaded guilty to possessing 309 indecent images of youngsters.

During a hearing before Preston Crown Court he also admitted making 14 images deemed category A – the most serious in law, 38 at category B and 257 at category C.

Bunce had already pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images involving animals at an earlier hearing before magistrates.

The offences took place between February 12 and July 24, 2016.

Judge Heather Lloyd imposed a three year community order which includes a requirement to attend the Sex Offender treatment programme, and six months of alcohol dependency treatment.

He was also given a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order restricting his access to children and the internet.