Leeroy Bailey, 36, of Coventry, was a member of dance group Kombat Breakers who lost out to winner Paul Potts in the Britain’s Got Talent 2007 final. He admitted making indecent child sex images.
Leeroy Bailey (pictured), 36, walked free after admitting having indecent images of children but ‘not for sexual purposes’
A Britain’s Got Talent finalist who admitted having indecent images of children on his computer has been spared jail because his motive ‘was not sexual’.
Leeroy Bailey, 36, was a member of dance group Kombat Breakers who lost out to opera singer Paul Potts in the 2007 final of the ITV show.
The street dance teacher recorded the indecent images on his mobile phone between January 1 2014 and April 3 2016, but maintained he was not doing it for sexual gratification, the court heard.
One video shows a man ‘clutching his groin and buttocks’ in the presence of a child who was encouraged to ‘place a note between the man’s buttocks.’
The other clip featured footage of two boys under the age of 18 with ‘buttocks bared’ as Bailey walked behind them.
The 36-year-old, of Foleshill, Coventry, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court today after admitting one count of making the indecent images.
He pleaded guilty to making two ‘category C’ films, which are defined as showing children in naked or indecent poses.
He was handed a three-year community order that requires him to take part in a sex offender programme and 40 days rehabilitation.
The court ordered the images be surrendered and destroyed, and Bailey be subject to a sexual harm prevention order and pay a £60 victim surcharge.
Bailey was arrested after police found a 15-year-old boy drunk at his house.
Sentencing, Recorder David Herbert QC said: ‘Offending came to light when police found a 15-year-old boy drunk at your premises.
‘I have heard you gave him alcohol. It led to the search of your address.
‘I have seen the videos – the first one involved two boys clearly under 18-years-old walking down the street with buttocks bared and you walking behind them as cameraman filming – that lasted about a minute.
‘You were encouraging them and at times asked them to bend over so their buttocks came clearer for you to see.
‘The second one was of two boys at your house – one was 18 or over, the other was under 18.
‘The older boy was naked and during the course of it he was holding his groin area throughout while you filmed him from fairly close by.
‘He clenched his buttocks so the younger child could try and slip a note between his buttocks.
‘Your camerawork focused on the groin and buttocks area of that 18-or-over young man – that demonstrated your motive was sexual.
‘They are, as I hope you now appreciate, grossly inappropriate and sexual in nature.
‘It was argued by your counsel you are immature despite your 36 years in age and fail to understand proper boundaries for that reason – these are not just boys being boys, not just for a joke – particularly the second.
‘You are 36 years old, twice the age of most of these boys, you are an adult, they are teenage boys, three were under 18.
‘You told police young males stayed at your house.
‘I have no doubt parents of those boys, what they would have thought had they known – they would have been horrified.’
Bailey denied charges relating to five other films and one image alleged to be in the most serious category – involving children being forced into penetrative sex.
He also denied two further charges relating to one film and four still images in category B, showing children in non-penetrative sex acts.
The remaining charge relates to making five still images in category C, the least serious, which he denied.
These charges were ordered to lie on file.
Prosecutor Ravi Sidhu said: ‘The matters came to light as a result of police talking with a 15-year-old boy in February last year found at Mr Bailey’s home address in an intoxicated state.
‘As a result of the disclosure by the 15-year-old boy, computers were seized from his address.
‘The defendant was interviewed, in the initial interview he answered ‘no comment’ to all questions.
‘Images were made as some quest for amusement or joke, not meant to be sexual in any way.’
Siobhan Collins, defending, said: ‘It is an unusual situation – at the time the videos were created the defendant was working properly as a successful dance teacher.
‘It expanded to TV work, press interest, national competitions and the like.
‘Having reflected on the time he was on bail he sees the error of his ways.
‘He should never have allowed lines to be blurred.
‘He has lost his work as a dance teacher, he lives at alone.
‘Success has been a poisoned chalice for him.
‘His home has been attacked, windows smashed, property damaged, his car has been attacked beyond repair.
‘He has become isolated, depressed, suffers from anxiety.
‘He was originally able to find work in a warehouse, but his mental health issues overtook – he is now unable to work due to these.
‘He is heavily medicated and requires tablets to sleep – he is trying to arrange a move from his address.
‘He is a magnet for those who seek to cause trouble.
‘His family support him, his physical health has also been troubled, he has serious heart palpitations.
‘His friends have abandoned him, he is a shadow of who he was.’
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