A police inspector was found with more than 300 indecent images of children, including a boy aged six. A court heard Lee Bartram also filmed a teenager who was sunbathing after West Midlands Police chose to release the 44-year-old officer on bail. Bartram, whose address was withheld over terrorism fears, pleaded guilty to five counts of making indecent images of a child and two counts of distributing similar images.
Birmingham police inspector Lee Bartram, 44, had over 300 indecent images of children (Picture: Caters News) Bartram also filmed a 15-year-old boy who was sunbathing (Picture: PA) The charges, spanning a period between August 2013 and August 2018, relate to a total of 328 images, including some found on an iPad and an iPhone. Prosecutor Mark Cooper said some of the films made by Bartram had ‘commentary’ from the officer ‘as to what he would like to do’ with the children.
On one of the films, Bartram could be heard ‘blaming the parents’ of a child because of the way the youngster was dressed. Bartram’s lawyer disputed the Crown’s claim that the video of a 15-year-old boy sunbathing had been made after his arrest, saying it was made last year. Bartram will be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court next month (Picture: West Midlands Police/SWNS) Making sure Bartram was kept in custody, District Judge Graham Wilkinson told the disgraced officer: ‘You will know better than most that when dealing with bail I take the Crown’s case at its strongest. ‘It is the Crown’s case that the videoing happened while you were subject to police bail. MORE: UK We should all be ashamed of the violence blighting London’s streets Police officer slaps girl, 14, during violent arrest in which two officers were injured Scuba diver filmed riding on the back of an endangered whale ‘Whilst on bail you have continued to show an interest in under-age children for sexual gratification.
I have no option but to remand you in custody.’ The district judge ordered Bartram’s address be withheld as it could lead to him or his family being ‘targeted by terrorists for the most serious acts of violence’. Bartram will be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court on September 13.
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