January 2016


A MAN caught with indecent images and child sex chat on his mobile phone claims he has no interest in young people.

Daniel Shields’s solicitor told Teesside Crown Court that he is not “fascinated or obsessed” with child abuse.

John Nixon, mitigating, said the number of pictures found – four – show the downloading activity was “fleeting”.

The 21-year-old told a probation officer in an interview that all of his relationships have been with adults.

Shields was arrested last February when he moved back to the Teesside area from Scotland, said Emma Atkinson, prosecuting.

Miss Atkinson told the court that his mobile phone showed he had shared two images with a man he had been chatting to online.

In an interview for his pre-sentence report, Shields admitted being involved in the sex industry and a regular recreational drug-user.

The probation officer described him as “a young man with no boundaries” and raised concerns about his wellbeing, saying he had been “sexually exploited”.

Judge Simon Phillips, QC, described the report as “very troubling” as he imposed a three-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, with supervision.

 Shields, who admitted making and distributing indecent images of children, was also ordered to go on a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

Mr Nixon told the court that Shields is of no fixed abode and “sofa-surfs” at the homes of friends.

He said: “One has to say that the lifestyle he was apparently leading is not a pleasant one, and one hopes the Probation Service can get him away from that.

“He has no interest in children, and, indeed, the report gives a quite opposite indication, including the age range of the liaisons he has been having.”