January 2017

Former Scout leader admits possessing indecent images of boys aged between three and 16

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A FORMER Carmarthen Scout leader has admitted possessing indecent images of boys aged between three and 16.

Robert Charles Umney, who had been with the 1st Carmarthen Scout Group for more than 20 years, pleaded guilty before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court, to making 77 indecent images of a child between January 6 and February 22 last year.

Police executed a warrant at the home of the 44-year-old, of Parc Thomas, following information they received of images he may have downloaded at the property.

When officers spoke to Umney, a former mountain rescue and Llansteffan Coastguard member, he asked to go to the toilet as they were carrying out the search.

He was allowed to do so, under supervision by officers, and it appeared he was concealing an ‘SD card’, which was then seized by officers, and later found to contain images referred to in the charge.

Umney was arrested, and after the search took place, he was taken to the police station where he made “full and frank admissions” in way of a prepared statement.

He admitted downloading images of male children aged three to 16 onto an SD card and that he was solely responsible.

Two devices were removed from his property, and found to contain images of children

The court heard Umney had no previous convictions. A forfeiture of equipment used — namely the SD card, a computer and HP laptop, was requested by the prosecution service.

Mitigating, John Allchurch said: “I think the main thing I would stress is he is a 44-year-old man of good character.

“For someone to have been arrested, taken to the police station on two occasions in relation on this type of offence and have to come before court is an unwelcome experience.

“The press are here and this will be reported in newspapers and that is punishment alone, along with the stress and anxiety he has experienced.

“I would ask you to take into account the regret and remorse he feels for his offending.”

Umney was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

He was also been given a rehabilitation activity requirement, while a forfeiture order was made for the equipment.

Magistrates also imposed a sexual harm prevention order until January 2022, banning him from “possessing any computer, iPhone, mobile telephone or any device capable of recording and storing images without notifying his monitoring police or probation officer of its acquisition within 3 days thereof”.

He was also banned from using any device capable of recording or storing images unless it has the capacity to retain and display the history of any recordings made, and he makes the device available on request for inspection by a police officer.