Charity boss is freed on appeal

A CHARITY boss turned child porn pervert has been freed after top judges heard he was at risk of being sexually abused behind bars.

Dean Aaron Gee, 29, was exposed after a thief broke into his car in a Manchester street last year and stole his laptop, which contained “utterly abhorrent” images.

The thief took the computer’s hard drive to the police and Gee pleaded guilty to 17 counts of possessing an indecent photograph of a child.

Although giving an address in Scarborough, he is listed as living in North Newbald.

He once featured in the Post after being named the winner of the Prince’s Trust’s regional Volunteer Of The Year award.

Gee had become a carer for his sick mother as a youngster and eventually got help from the Prince’s Trust.

He then set up his own charity to help other young carers struggling to cope.

He was jailed for 10 months at Manchester Crown Court on 11 May this year, but Lord Justice Rix, Mr Justice Stadlen and Mr Justice Hickinbottom, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, quashed that sentence.

They replaced it with a three-year community order, with a requirement to attend a sex offenders’ treatment programme, in light of the “exceptional mitigation” in his case.

The court heard Gee had “lived an exemplary life” and set up a charity to help young people after suffering an “appallingly dysfunctional” childhood himself, before being caught with child porn.

His lawyers told the court that psychiatric reports had revealed he was looking at the child porn as a result of traumas he had suffered during his own “persecution” as a child and “didn’t pose a risk to real children in the future.”

Mr Justice Stadlen said: “The material on the computer was utterly abhorrent.

“Behind the offences of possession of this material are the background events which otherwise would not occur with such depressing frequency.”

But the judge went on to add that Gee had “devoted his life to charity work”, despite his bad start in life, and his background and his reaction to it made his case exceptional.

The judge also said there was a real risk that prison would be “devastating” for Gee and potentially leave him suicidal if he himself were sexually abused.

“He would probably be abused,” the judge said, quoting from a psychosexual report on Gee.

In freeing Gee, the judge concluded: “This is one of those very rare and exceptional cases in which the public interest didn’t lie in a sentence of imprisonment.”