June 2017

Pervert who downloaded images of children aged just four being sexually abused is jailed

A man who downloaded dozens of images of children as young as four being sexually abused has been sent to prison.

Lucas Spellman, 47, admitted making indecent pictures and videos of children and was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court .

Recorder Mark Powell QC told the defendant: “The damage caused to those children is immeasurable and it is for that reason you must go to prison straight away.”

The charges related to the two-month period between March 8 and May 2 this year.

Samuel Shepherd, prosecuting, said police carried out a search at the defendant’s home in Newport on Wednesday, May 17.

Officers seized his computer and a USB stick, which were found to contain more than 100 indecent images.

Prosecutors said 22 of those were the most serious Category A, including two videos.

The judge described Category A as “the most serious, the most distasteful and the most abusive images”.

Prosecutors said there were 27 Category B images and 125 Category C images.

The material involved children who were aged between four and 14.

Spellman initially denied the offences but later admitted he had downloaded and viewed the images.

Prosecutors argued aggravating factors included the young age of the children and the fact there were videos.

Spellman, from Church Road in Newport , admitted three counts of making indecent images of children.

Spellman was assessed by the Probation Service as presenting a medium risk of re-conviction.

The judge said: “I cannot impose anything other than an immediate custodial sentence.”

He was jailed for 14 months and a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order was made. He must also pay a £140 victim surcharge.

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