Judges free man over abuse fears

A CHARITY boss turned child porn pervert has been freed after top judges heard he was at risk of being sexually abused behind bars.

Dean Aaron Gee, 29, was exposed after a thief broke into his car in a Manchester street last year and stole his laptop, which contained “utterly abhorrent” images.

The thief took the computer’s hard drive to the police and Gee, of Esplanade, pleaded guilty to 17 counts of possessing an indecent photograph of a child.

He was jailed for 10 months at Manchester Crown Court on May 11 this year.

But Lord Justice Rix, Mr Justice Stadlen and Mr Justice Hickinbottom, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, quashed that sentence.

They replaced it with a three-year community order, with a requirement to attend a sex offenders treatment programme, in light of the “exceptional mitigation” in his case.

The court heard Gee had “lived an exemplary life” and set up a charity to help young people after suffering an “appallingly dysfunctional” childhood himself, before being caught with child porn.

His lawyers told the court psychiatric reports had revealed that he was looking at the child porn as a result of traumas he had suffered during his own “persecution” as a child and “didn’t pose a risk to real children in the future.”

Mr Justice Stadlen said: “The material on the computer was utterly abhorrent.

“Behind the offences of possession of this material are the background events which otherwise would not occur with such depressing frequency.”

However the judge went on to add that Gee had “devoted his life to charity work”, despite his bad start in life, and his background and his reaction to it made his case exceptional.

The judge also said there was a real risk that prison would be “devastating” for Gee and potentially leave him suicidal if he himself were sexually abused.

“He would probably be abused,” the judge said, quoting from a psychosexual report on Gee.