June 2016

Rhyl man with psychiatric problems admits offences involving images of child abuse

A RHYL man with psychiatric problems, who admitted a series of offences involving images of child abuse, has escaped a prison sentence.

At Mold Crown Court today defendant Lee Hodson, 33, of Merfyn Way, was placed on a two year community order.

He must received mental health treatment and his supervision will involve one to one work similar to that of a community internet sex offender programme.

Hodson was placed on the sex offender register for five years and a five year sexual harm prevention order was also made. 

At an earlier hearing in the magistrates’ court he had pleaded guilty to five charges of making indecent photographs and movies, one of possessing indecent photographs, one of possessing 73 movies and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said that it was a stark choice between a relatively short prison sentence when no work would be done with him, or a much longer community order under which he would receive assistance and which would provide better protection for the community.

It was a serious matter in view of the serious category A videos, the young age of the children involved in the images and he had stored them in a folder so that they could be viewed again.

Prosecuting barrister Matthew Dunford told how police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home in June of last year when the material was found.

He admitted he had searched for it and had file sharing software.

Defending barrister Anna Pope said that her client suffered from agoraphobia and a compulsive disorder and two psychiatric reports had been prepared.

He had no previous convictions and the case had been hanging over for a long period of time through no fault of his own.