December 2016

Abergele man dodges jail after being caught for second time downloading indecent images of children

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A man downloaded indecent images of children just three months after appearing before a judge for similar offences.

David Stevens, 26, of Brig y Don, Llanddulas, near Abergele, admitted four charges of making and possessing indecent images when he appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court.

He was handed a 12-month prison term, suspended for two years, and warned to comply with the requirements of a community order imposed by a judge at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in July for similar crimes or he would be going to prison.

Judge Huw Rees told Stevens: “It would be easy and justifiable to send you to prison but that would have an effect on the work of the Probation Service to help prevent your behaviour in this vile way.”

The court heard police had executed a search warrant at Stevens’ parents’ home in Llanddulas in October.

Jonathan Austin, prosecuting, said he had moved to North Wales after he appeared at the court in Stoke-on-Trent.

Mr Austin said: “Officers explained to Stevens why they were there and although he initially denied downloading indecent material he later made admissions to police.”

He said: “A tablet owned by his mother was only to be used by him when she was in the room for instance.

“The offences were committed when his parents and his wife were not in the property and he was tempted to seek out the sort of material that got him into trouble earlier in the year.”

The court heard police in Staffordshire had raided his home in May 2014 and seized three laptops and a computer.

They were analysed and were found to contain hundreds of indecent images of children including 46 still images and 15 movies at category A – the most serious.

Stevens had used search terms designed to find indecent images of children although he told police he had accidentally downloaded the sickening images when trying to download music.

In July this year a judge handed Stevens a three-year community order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Simon Mills, defending, said the pre-sentence report suggested the community order continue in order for it to have a real effect and urged the judge to consider suspending any jail term.

In addition to the prison sentence Judge Rees ordered a Sexual Harm Prevention Order be observed for five years and for Stevens’ name to remain on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

July 2016

Pervert found with hundreds of indecent images of children said he was trying to download music

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DEPRAVED David Stevens downloaded indecent images of children for his own sexual gratification.

The 26-year-old was arrested after police raided his Silverdale home and seized three laptops and a computer.

They were analysed and were found to contain hundreds of indecent images of children including 46 still images and 15 movies at category A – the most serious.

Now Stevens has been handed a three-year community order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Prosecutor John Brotherton told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that police officers raided Stevens’ home on May 7, 2014. Mr Brotherton said: “Police searched the premises and seized some computer equipment. “All the computers were examined.”

In total, police found 46 still images at category A; 22 at category B and 297 at category C. They found 15 movies at category A and four movies at category C.

The court heard Stevens had used search terms designed to find pornographic images of children.

He told police he had accidentally downloaded indecent images or movies of children when trying to download music.

He said he started to search for pre-teen images ‘out of curiosity’.

Stevens, of Kinsey Street, Silverdale, pleaded guilty to five offences of making indecent images of children.

 

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