October 2017

A ‘committed paedophile’ repeatedly travelled from Swansea to Ukraine in pursuit of his sexual interest in young children

A “committed paedophile” repeatedly travelled from Swansea to Ukraine in pursuit of his sexual interest in young children, a court has heard.

Stuart Keith Jones – who used to go by the name Keith Haydn Bold – was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo) in 2010 to control his access to minors after being convicted of distributing indecent images.

But Swansea Crown Court heard the 54-year-old was caught breaching his order – including by downloading extreme images of child abuse.

Brian Simpson, prosecuting, said in April this year officers received a tip-off that Jones had been travelling back and forth to Eastern Europe.

As a result they raided his house in Gowerton, and found 139 indecent images of children on his iPad and desktop computer, including 23 category A images – the most extreme kind.

Officers also found the machines did not have software to block access to such material – as was required by the court order – and he had been visiting Russian websites known to host underage child pictures, had been searching for “flat-chested sex dolls”, and had been reading pornographic fiction involving children.

Mr Simpson said it was the Crown’s case that the defendant had been travelling to Ukraine “in furtherance” of his interest in obtaining images of children – he made six such trips since November 2015.

Jones, of Pen-y-Dre, Gowerton, pleaded guilty to breaching a Sopo, possessing category A, B and C indecent images, and possessing a prohibited image, when he appeared in the dock.

The court heard that in December 2010 Jones was jailed for two years and four months at Swansea Crown Court, and made the subject of a Sopo, for distributing indecent images of children. The following year he was further charged and convicted of encouraging the commission of indictable offences – chatlogs recovered from computers seized during the 2010 investigation showed he had been inciting other men to commit the sexual abuse of young children. He was sentenced to a further 18 months in prison for these offence, the term to run consecutively with the earlier sentence.

Judge Geraint Walters branded Jones a “committed paedophile” who had “flagrantly” breached his court order.

He told him: “You flagrantly breached the court order. It seems you learned nothing from your time in prison – you are a committed paedophile, you are committed to this kind of behaviour.”

Jones was sentenced to a total of 27-months in prison, and made the subject of indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, the successor to the Sopo, which will limit his access to the internet – as part of that order he will also be banned from travelling abroad for the next five years.

He will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

December 2010

Jailed after police raid discovered child abuse images

A NEATH man has been jailed after he admitted distributing, making and possessing indecent images of children.

Keith Bold, 47, of Queens Road, Skewen, previously pleaded guilty to 23 such charges.

Swansea Crown Court heard the defendant was found to have thousands of pictures, from movies to static images, ranging in their level of seriousness.

Prosecutor Ieaun Rees said Bold’s home was raided in his absence at 7.35am on May 7, before he was arrested at his workplace.

Police seized computer equipment including laptops and flash drives.

Mr Rees said 6,788 static images were found. Included in the count were 272 images intended for sharing with other internet users via a website.

“He fully admitted seeking out indecent images of children and sharing them, with others in that network,” said Mr Rees.

Amongst the images intended for sharing were 60 images at level five and 69 at level four.

On a scale of one to five, five is the most serious.

Paul Hobson, defending, said: “This is a serious case with some very worrying features and mitigation put forward on this defendant’s behalf isn’t going to erase those features — it couldn’t.

“This was not organised, commercial distribution — of course it was quite bad enough. It was sharing with like-minded individuals in the hope that he would receive images in return.

“He’s been in work for many years and perhaps surprisingly and to their credit, his employers have been supportive of him.”

Mr Hobson said the consequence of Rees’s actions meant that his life had been changed forever.

Judge Paul Thomas, QC, sentencing, said: “You had on your computer thousands of images. I have had the misfortune to view some of those images. They are utterly revolting.”

“I accept that part of you is genuinely remorseful.”

Bold was jailed for two years and four months.

In addition he must sign on the sex offender’s register and will be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for 10 years.