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Ex-Rovers sex shame mascot has sentence cut
9:01am Wednesday 25th July 2012 in News
A FORMER Blackburn Rovers matchday mascot who was jailed for exposing himself to a boy over a webcam has had his sent-ence cut by appeal judges in London.
Scott Alan Henderson, 24, used to dress up as Roar the Lion to entertain the masses at Ewood Park, but ended up in prison for twice flashing at a 15-year-old boy.
He was jailed for 40 months after admitting two counts of engaging in sexual activity in a child’s presence, two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three of making indecent images of children.
But yesterday, Mr Justice Cranston and Mr Justice Spencer said the sentence, imposed at Preston Crown Court in April, was too tough and should be cut to 29 months.
Giving the judgment, Mr Justice Spencer said nothing came of Henderson's invitations to the youngster to expose or play with himself in front of the camera.
The Court of Appeal heard Henderson, of the Wensley Fold area of Blackburn, was suspended from his job as one of several Roar the Lion mascots and as an administrator in the club’s indoor youth football centre. The victim said Henderson invited him to a webcam conversation, promising he had something to show him, before exposing himself and committing a sex act in front of the camera.
He was caught out when the boy asked him to repeat the act on a second occasion and another boy used a camera to record what Henderson was doing.
Police were called in, and, on a search of Henderson’s home, sick pornographic movies involving children were found on his computer.
He initially denied any wrongdoing, but when confronted with evidence of internet conversations he had with the boy, Henderson pleaded guilty to his crimes.
His lawyers yesterday argued that the total sentence was “manifestly excessive” and the two judges allowed the appeal, cutting it to two years and five months.