A well-known rock ‘n’ roll tribute singer has been convicted of child abuse image offences.
Stuart J Waggett, whose stage name is Eddie Robbins, admitted eight counts of making indecent photos of a child, seven counts of possessing indecent photos of a child and two counts of possessing extreme pornographic imagery depicting a sexual act with an animal.
Waggett has apologised for his crimes, blaming “a bad period of my life”.
Waggett, 44, of Bolton-le-Sands, was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years. He was ordered to pay £1,000 in court costs and to attend a sex offenders’ rehabilitation programme.
He was arrested at an address in Lancaster on May 21 2013 and charged on November 6. He pleaded guilty on February 24 2014 and was sentenced on Wednesday at Preston Crown Court.
Waggett regularly performs at local pubs, clubs and festivals singing songs by Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and other 1950s stars.
He told The Visitor: “I’m not proud of what I did. I was going through a bad time.
“It was a short period of my life and it certainly wasn’t the norm to me. Due to the death of my daughter, I was drinking heavily.
“I’ve held my hands up and I want to get on with my life.
“I’m getting all the help and support I need from the right places and I’m trying to turn things around.”