Bovey Tracey petition paedophile remanded in custody

A Devon man has admitted making, possessing and distributing indecent pictures of children.

Stephen Manley, 44, was found with images and videos of boys aged between 12 and 16.

Judge Philip Wassall said the court had heard from a group of mothers in Manley's former home town of Bovey Tracey concerned about their children.

He remanded Manley in custody before sentencing so accommodation could be found at a bail hostel outside Devon.

Judge Wassall said: "A group called the Concerned Mums of Bovey Tracey has written to the court and sent a petition.

"The prosecution may want to deal with the issues they raise when they apply for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order."

Treatment programme

However, the judge said the petition should be looked at "with care" as some of the names and addresses were from areas a considerable distance from Bovey Tracey.

Manley, who admitted five counts of making indecent images, six of possessing indecent images and one of distributing indecent images, will be sentenced on 4 November.

Judge Wassall said he was considering sending Manley on a treatment programme for internet sex offenders, which was a "very powerful community sentence" and preferable to a short jail term.

Defence solicitor Mary McCarthy said Manley, who had been assessed to be at a low risk of reoffending, was "keen" to attend such a programme.

None of the mothers involved in setting up the petition to have Manley removed were in court.

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