Rhos man jailed for child abuse images
Stephen Anthony Harris, aged 41 from Rhos, appeared before Mold Crown Court and was imprisoned for three years for possession and distribution of child abuse images.
Wrexham sex offender jailed
A CONVICTED sex offender got in touch with a 15-year-old girl and her mother via the internet and asked them for photos and their mobile number.
Stephen Harris, 35, breached his sex offender prevention order by doing so.
When police searched his home they found a number of images and movies of child sex abuse – and also films involving sex with animals.
It emerged that he had also sent over the internet an indecent image involving a girl aged nine.
Mold Crown Court was told yesterday that Harris – who was jailed for 18 months – accepted that he needed help for his distorted or deviant behaviour.
Harris, of Market Street at Rhos near Wrexham, admitted 14 charges of making indecent images by downloading them off the internet, making indecent movies, making extreme pornographic images and distributing one image.
In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to register as a sex offender for the next ten years.
He was also made the subject of a new SOPO to try and restrict his future behaviour.
Sarah Badrawy, prosecuting, told how how 373 child abuse pictures and two movies were found at Stephen Anthony Harris’ home in Market Street, Rhos, after he handed himself in to the police in March.
There were also 28 indecent images and 25 movies involving animals in his possession.
Harris told police he became involved in an internet bestiality ring after a website popped up on his computer when viewing an adult website.
Harris, who was already on the sex offenders register, said he had been told that if he proved he was no longer a risk he could be taken off it early.
His idea was to use the bestiality site to actively seek out other members to expose as sex offenders to the police.
He looked up the profiles of other members, presuming that if they had children they were probably child abusers.
He selected one, a woman in her 30s, and contacted her and her teenage daughter.
Subsequent conversations began to develop a sexual tone.
Harris questioned the woman who said she would be contacting the police about him.
He panicked, deleted his profile and contacted the police himself.
On searching his house they discovered the images.
Judge Phillip Hughes told Harris that what made his case particularly serious was that he had done the same thing before.