Eastbourne man had laptop gallery of under-age girls

A 64-YEAR-OLD man accused of downloading 201 indecent pictures of girls as young as eight must sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Richard Loveman, of Seaside, Eastbourne, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Wednesday (August 10) after admitting the offences at an earlier hearing.

The court heard police found the images on Loveman’s computer. The officers went to his home and asked to see the history on his laptop. They found 201 indecent images of girls aged between eight and 15.

The photographs were described as level one images – the least serious on the scale – and did not include sexual activity or naked children but involved the young girls posing erotically in bikinis.

The case was heard at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on June 7 but was adjourned for the images to be assessed. Loveman appeared again on July 27 and pleaded guilty.

Helen Wallace, defending, described Loveman as a ‘hardworking businessman’ and said his accountant had called him a truthful and honest man.

Ms Wallace said, “Due to the loneliness after the break-up of a three-year relationship, he found himself depressed and looking at these images.”

Ms Wallace also explained that Loveman had been to his GP to refer himself for counselling.

Magistrates imposed a 24-month community order with a supervision requirement to work with probation.

He was also ordered to carry out a sexual offenders programme and will sign the sexual offenders’ register for five years.

Magistrates also made a sexual offences prevention order which prohibits Loveman from using any internet device or picture storage device unless its history is made available to the police.

Loveman must also pay £85 in court costs.