Sex pervert warned he faces a substantial jail sentence

A NOTORIOUS sex offender convicted of peddling indecent images of children has pleaded guilty to flouting a court order prohibiting him going online to view inappropriate sites.

A NOTORIOUS sex offender convicted of peddling indecent images of children pleaded guilty today (Tuesday) to flouting a court order prohibiting him going online to view inappropriate sites.

Jobless kitchen fitter and ex-youth football coach Leslie Blanchard, 53, formerly from the Great Dunmow and Chelmsford areas must now wait to hear his fate, but was told to expect a “substantial custodial sentence”.

He pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to having communicated on an adult dating site called plentyoffish and searching for adult pornography on February 27, March 16 and July 20.

The offences are in breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed on October 12, last year after he was convicted of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.


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The order prohibits him from using any internet chat room or forum or using the internet except for employment, education or keeping in touch with friends or family.

“I’m very concerned about this case,” announced Judge Pitts. “I know Mr Blanchard, he’s an intelligent man, I have spoken to him many times and he is in flagrant breach.

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“I am likely to impose a substantial custodial sentence.”

Blanchard was remanded in custody until November 1 for pre-sentence reports and will apply for bail on October 8.

“The last time I saw you was quite some time ago at your review which I was told was going well and I was told you were making the best of efforts,” Judge Pitts told Blanchard.

A court ban has been imposed on publication of Blanchard’s address for his own protection because he has been hounded by the public.

“There is one aspect of this case that has attracted intense press interest,” said Blanchard’s lawyer Marion Smullen.

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