Breeze guilty of child porn

THE career of a North Somerset singer and entertainer who was once dubbed 'The New Michael Ball' is in ruins after he was found guilty of being

THE career of a North Somerset singer and entertainer who was once dubbed 'The New Michael Ball' is in ruins after he was found guilty of being an internet paedophile.Duncan Breeze, aged 32, was remanded in custody and told he faced a long jail term after being caught with thousands of vile pictures of child sex abuse.The singer, whose family comes from Kewstoke, has often appeared at Weston's Playhouse theatre on his national tour A Night At The Musicals.But off stage, sometimes in the early hours of the morning after performances, Breeze would access the child pornography.Breeze, who has highlighted blond hair and sings as a high baritone, told the jury of seven women and five men at Luton Crown Court that he believed the images had been downloaded by someone who worked for his or his family's businesses.He broke down in tears as he told them his pantomime work had ended because of the publicity about his case.In the past he had usually played the role of Prince Charming in Cinderella at theatres all over the country.Breeze, who now lives in Main Street, Pymoor, in Cambridgeshire, was arrested in October 2004 after police were alerted by Croatian law enforcement agencies. Child pornography was found on computers at his former home in Bedfordshire and at his parents' home in Beach Road, Kewstoke. In all, the police found 4,270 pictures of young girls. They were acquired by Breeze over a three-year period between 2001 and 2004.Breeze denied 20 offences of making indecent images of children. Smartly dressed in a purple shirt and tie and dark suit, he gasped and shook his head in disbelief when was convicted by the jury. He was cleared on the judge's direction of one offence of possessing indecent images of children.Adrian Amer, prosecuting, told the jury Breeze gave officers a statement in which he denied responsibility for the pictures, saying they belonged to a former employee. Mr Amer said that despite inquiries that person had not been traced.Remanding him in custody, Judge Geoffrey Breen described Breeze as 'manipulative'. He said: "His arrogance is such that he no doubt hoped he would pull the wool over the jury's eyes despite overwhelming evidence. He now faces a custodial sentence of some length."Breeze is due to be sentenced in May.


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