A Liverpool pub has come under fire for supporting a paedo employee, despite his conviction for possessing child pornography.
Steve Finall, 45, received a six month suspended prison sentence suspended for two years after he was found to have collecting a horrific collection of child pornography.
He was handed a suspended prison sentence of six months – meaning he was was sparred jail time – and was ordered to do 100 hours of community service, revealed the Liverpool Echo.
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The court heard he would continue to work as a chef at the familly-friendly pub, The Swan, in Winwick, Warrington.
This was later denied by the pub, who told the Echo they were not aware of the conviction until it was reported by the paper and were "shocked and appalled" to learn of their employees' conduct.
On Tuesday (September 28), Liverpool Crown Court heard how Cheshire Police raided his Warrington home on January 13 after suspect activities on his Snapchat account were reported to the authorities.
They seized both his Samsung tablet and mobile phone, finding a horrendous collection of sexual material featuring children, including rape videos of toddlers.
Prosecutor Christopher Hopkins, said Finall's internet history showed he had been searching for specific types of child pornography.
Mr Finall, who had no prior convictions, was also found to be in possession of cocaine.
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Remarkably, Simeon Evans, Finall's defence lawyer, said Finall has received "remarkable support from his employer".
Finall listed his address as his place of work the Swan pub, and pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children and possession of cocaine as well as three counts of making indecent images of children.
In addition, he was given a rehabilitation requirement of up to 35 days, a sexual harm prevention order, and a notification requirement.
The judge said: "You must understand that the court takes a very dim view of this sort of conduct. The point that needs to be emphasized time and time again is that behind each of those images is a child being sexually abused.
The judge was also critical of his employer's apparent support, saying: "I do think it is impressive that your employer is standing by you.
"I do believe the probation service can work well with you to ensure that this conduct is not repeated in the future."
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