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Sunderland sex offender caught with picture of baby

A PERVERT banned from taking pictures of children was caught with a photo of a baby on his computer.

David Angus was banned from taking pictures of under-16s or having camera equipment outside of his home in 2007.

As well as being made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, he was sentenced to 42 months in prison after sexually assaulting a schoolgirl, and ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for life.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard he breached the order after taking a photograph of a fully-clothed baby at an acquaintances home in Christmas 2012.

Police found the image during a search of the computer at his home in Nicholson Close, Sunderland, as well as photos of other children.

The 64-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order in June.

Sentencing was adjourned until a probation report had been prepared about him.

During his latest hearing, Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “At Christmas 2012, he was invited to a house. He made a comment about their baby.

“They did not have a camera and offered to lend them his. He took two or three photos of the baby.

“It is fully accepted the baby was fully clothed and there was no issue regarding that.

“He went back to his flat, the images were on his computer and he deleted them.

“The other photographs were of family members, which he had downloaded from Facebook and printed out.

“He does not see them and does not have any contact with them and does not know where they live.”

Tom Morgan, defending, asked magistrates to go along with the probation report, which recommended a fine for Angus.

He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

 
 
 

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