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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Barrow library pervert avoids jail

A TEENAGER who was caught downloading indecent images of children in Barrow library after leaving a memory card in a computer has avoided jail.

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Paul Brian Martindale

Paul Brian Martindale, of Anson Street, Barrow, was this week sentenced to three months in a specialist hostel after pleading guilty to 13 charges of making indecent images of children.

Judge Paul Batty, sitting at Carlisle Crown Court, ordered Martindale to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years but the 19-year-old avoided jail, despite being told initially he could be facing 26 weeks behind bars for his crimes.

Martindale, pictured right, who pleaded guilty to the charges at his first hearing, had been caught after a 16-year-old boy found a memory card containing the indecent images in Barrow library.

Library staff called police who then tracked Martindale down using library records.

Police searched Martindale’s home where he told them he had more indecent images stored on his mobile phone and MP3 player.

The 13 counts relate to more than 60 images.

Some of the files dated back to May 28, 2011 and some of the images were classified as being in the most severe category and involved Martindale using an MP3 player and mobile phone to look at the pictures.

Judge Batty sentenced Martindale on Thurs-day.

He was handed a three-year community order, ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and made the subject of a five-year sex offence prevention order.

He was sentenced to a further three months in the Bowling Green Hostel, in Carlisle, where he has been staying.

He will have to hand over a mobile phone, MP3 player and memory card for destruction after accessing the images on the devices.

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