Man’s home made porn with girl, 16

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A Heysham man filmed a 16-year-old girl in a “glamour shoot”, telling her she could be a model.

Robert Lupton got her to adopt different poses while he captured it all on a camcorder at his caravan. His partner Elizabeth Gallacher was also there when the footage was taken.

When the police went on to become involved, indecent images of children were found on his computer. Police also recovered extreme pornography involving animals.

Lupton, 56, of Sandylands Promenade, Heysham was jailed for a total of 99 weeks. He appeared for sentencing at Preston Crown Court, having admitted one offence of taking indecent photographs, six of possessing indecent photos, plus two of having extreme pornography.

Gallacher, 37, also of Sandylands Promenade, was given a 47-week jail term, having pleaded guilty to an offence of permitting indecent photos to be taken.

At the time of the offences, the defendants had been in a relationship for around five years. Both seemed to have had problems with alcohol, the court heard.

Mr Jacob Dyer, prosecuting, said Lupton had suggested to a sixteen years old girl having a glamour video done.

“He said he would show it to a photographer friend of his who may then offer her work. He was telling her she could be a model”.

Gallacher was also there when the girl went to the caravan at Heysham and Lupton used a camcorder to film the teenager.

Mr Dyer said “She got on the bed to pose. Eventually he asked her to put on stocking, suspenders and gloves.

“He asked her to take off clothing and to adopt different poses. The female defendant was present throughout”.

The girl later felt ashamed of what had taken place and asked Lupton for the footage. He refused, saying it was his and he could do what he wanted with it.

More than 1,000 indecent images were later retrieved from his computer – 94 at level five, the most serious category – involving children aged from a few years old to their mid teens, both male and female.

Mr Ciaran Rankin, for Lupton, said “Regarding the video, he perceived sixteen was an appropriate age in law. It clearly isn’t. It has been his position throughout that this was an attempt to kick start a modelling career, something he now acknowledges was inappropriate.”

Miss Rosalind Emsley-Smith, for Gallacher, said the girl had consented to the video.

Judge Stuart Baker told the pair: “Even though a child is sixteen and gives the outward appearance of enjoying and consensually participating in what happens, you have to understand that you were adults.

“Any sensible adult would have realised instinctively that what you were doing was wholly inappropriate.”

Lupton will be on the sex offenders register for ten years, banned from working with children and subject to an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.