Police called to a disturbance found naked pictures on a mobile phone and computer of a teenage girl a 26-year-old man had been in a sexual relationship with.
Nicholas Ledwith was arrested at the “dirty and untidy” two bedroom flat in Courtlands Close, Watford on suspicion of having intercourse with a minor.
However, the 14-year-old girl refused to assist with the investigation and the charges were dropped.
Police investigating reports of a disturbance from a neighbour in October last year, were told by a 16-year-old girl at the flat occupied by Ledwith and his 25-year-old friend Roy Wheeler, that the defendant’s 14-year-old “girlfriend” had left the property.
The girl later told officers she became involved in a “consensual” sexual relationship after her 16-year-old friend introduced her to Ledwith.
She said it was a “loving relationship” that had been going on with her “mother’s knowledge and consent”.
As a result of what the girl said Ledwith was arrested and his laptop and mobile phone seized.
A total of around 100 photos of the 14-year-old, some “in a state of undress or naked” and two that showed Ledwith kissing her, as well as pictures of the 16-year-old, were found.
Unemployed Ledwith refused to answer questions in interview, but pleaded guilty to five counts of making and possession of indecent images of children, at the earliest opportunity...
Read more in the August issue of My Watford News...