A former firefighter has narrowly avoided jail for having extreme child abuse images on his computer
Jake Elsmore-Mann, formerly of Cinderford had pleaded guilty to four sex charges during a previous hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates Court.
But today (Monday April 24) magistrates gave him a one year sentence suspended for two years after being told the 25-year-old had struggled with his sexuality
Police raided his home on November 1 2016 after finding out that his computer IP address had been used to access child sexual abuse images
During police interviews he admitted that between December 3, 2014 and November 1, 2016 he made 57 indecent images of children – videos and stills – of Category A, the worst kind, 69 indecent images of Category B and 246 of Category C.
The fourth charge relates to possession of five extreme pornographic images depicting a dog.
Magistrates warned Elsmore Mann downloading 47 category A images, which included ten videos, clearly passed the custody threshold and they had seriously considered putting him behind bars.
But in the end they decided the 12 month sentence should be suspended for two years because he was finally getting help.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years, undertake 40 sessions with the probation service and 20 days on a rehabilitation course and pay £85 costs with a £140 victim surcharge. His computer will be destroyed.
Magistrates turned down a prosecution request for a sexual prevention order which would have banned him from having contact with anybody under 16 because they did not believe it was necessary.
Community in shock as former firefighter, 25, admits having child abuse images
A Forest community is in shock after a young firefighter known for trying to save lives admitted having child abuse images on his computer.
Jake Elsmore-Mann, of Abbey Street, Cinderford, recently pleaded guilty to four sex charges at Cheltenham Magistrates court.
But his admission has come as major shock to the local community who find it difficult to understand how a young man who seemed so caring could hide such a dark secret.
After admitting making indecent images, 25-year-old Mann was granted unconditional bail until April 24 when he will be sentenced by magistrates.
At a previous hearing the volunteer former firefighter, who worked at a local butcher’s shop, admitted that between December 3, 2014 and November 1, 2016 at Cinderford he made 57 indecent images of children – videos and stills – of Category A, the worst kind.
Between the same dates and also at Cinderford he made 70 indecent images of Category B and 249 of Category C.
The fourth charge relates to possession of an extreme pornographic image depicting a dog.
Despite a social media outcry at the judge allowing him to walk free from court on conditional bail, some local people took to Facebook to say the case has come as a major shock to those who had had dealings professionally.
One said that it was “scary” to think how a young man who seemed so caring could have been hiding such a different side of their character.