CBBC presenter Stephen Kish spared prison for possessing animal porn

A FORMER kids TV presenter who admitted to having animal porn on his phone and laptop was spared prison after a estimate told him he betrayed his loyal viewers.

Stephen Kish, 32, was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years after admitting one count of possessing extreme animal porn.

He was also banned from having contact with dogs for five years.

His Honour estimate David Rennie told Kish he was unable to say his conduct was out of character as his behaviour had been going on for a number of years.

The images and videos on his devices would be revolting to ordinary people, the estimate told him.

He said: “It is not only the law, there is always the possible for animals to be injured by what is done to them or what they are made to do.

“It seems clear to me your thinking and aspects of behaviour are disordered.

“You used to have your own slot on TV and yours was a familiar confront on CBBC for a number of years.

“This has been taken away from you and you may never get it back.”

He described Kish as unemployable.

The estimate additional: “What a emotional and, I have to say, self inflicted downfall.

“There will be many people who enjoyed watching your programme and enjoyed your work and will feel betrayed.”

Kish spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood his sentence.

Known as Sizzlin’ Steve when he was a great number on CBBC show Officially Amazing, Kish sobbed in the dock before admitting having animal porn at an earlier hearing.

Police found three grossly offensive moving images on his phone and three more nevertheless images on his computer showing a person having sex with an animal when they searched his home in September 2018.

Police took Molly, the family dog, after searching his phone and computers.

Admitting the offences has had a extreme effect on the former kids TV presenter, from Hove, the court heard.

Richard Barton for the defence said: “It is a very meaningful fall from grace for this man.

“Clearly he will never be employed in his past capacity on television.

“He will never again be employed as a dog walker.”

Kish, who lives at home with his parents, is waiting for an assessment of a diagnosis of autism, the court heard.

Amanda Hamilton for the prosecution told Lewes Crown Court in Brighton Kish had been running a dog walking and boarding business called Tails of Love.

Ms Hamilton said: “He pleaded to one count in August on the first day of the trial.

“There are three moving and three nevertheless images.”

The videos were found on his phone and the nevertheless images on his computer when police searched his home.

Kish was interviewed twice by investigators from Sussex Police.

“At the first interview, he answered all questions and was extremely candid as to his preferences,” Ms Hamilton said.

He gave no comment at at second interview.

“In a 2012 MSN chat he expressed to another user he was keen to bury certain videos so they wouldn’t get discovered,

“Another chat referenced his own dog Molly,” she additional.

Kish was sentenced to six months, suspended for two years.

He will be required to attend a sex offenders programme and complete 20 rehabilitation days with another 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.

“If you commit any offence in the next two years, you will be sending yourself straight to prison,” estimate Rennie told Kish.

He will be unprotected to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the next five years.

The charge states he possessed extreme pornographic image, which portrayed in an explicit and realistic way, a person performing an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal.

Kish holds more than 50 world records including high scores on Angry Birds and Pac Man.

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