CBBC presenter found with extreme animal pornography on his phone is spared prison
A former CBBC presenter who had 'revolting' animal porn on his phone and laptop has been spared prison after a judge told him he 'betrayed his loyal viewers.'
Stephen Kish, who hosted the CBBC show Officially Amazing, had also been running a dog walking and boarding business called Tails of Love.
Police found three grossly offensive moving images on his phone and three more still images on his computer showing a person having sex with an animal when they searched his home in September 2018.
Officers took the family dog Molly after searching Kish's phone and computers.
At Lewes Crown Court in Brighton this week, the 32-year-old was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years after admitting one count of possessing extreme animal porn.
His Honour Judge David Rennie told Kish he had, 'betrayed his viewers.'
Judge Rennie told the ex-presenter: 'It is not only the law, there is always the potential 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,' the judge said.
'You used to have your own slot on TV and yours was a familiar face on CBBC for a number of years.
'This has been taken away from you and you may never get it back.
'What a dramatic 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, who lives at home with his parents, is waiting for an assessment of a diagnosis of autism, the court also heard.
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.
He will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the next five years.