July 2017

Police ‘knew teenage paedophile was looking at indecent images but did nothing about it’

An 18-year-old paedophile was locked up for possessing extreme child sex abuse videos – more than 18 months after police became aware of his activities but did nothing about it, a court heard.

At Mold Crown Court, teenage council worker James Owen-Davies was sentenced to 10 months youth detention for horrifying images of children aged three, five and nine.

The court heard how violent child sex abuse was found on his computers during a raid at his home at Ffordd Gwenllian, Llay, near Wrexham,

Owen-Davies was caught after police received intelligence he had up-loaded an indecent image of a child onto Facebook using a false account.

William Hingston, prosecuting, said police raided Owen-Davies’ home in April and seized computers.

The account had been created in August last year and seven different folders had been created.

In total there were 250 videos and 35 images at the worst category A, 130 videos and 72 images at category B and 77 videos and 18 images at category C.

There was one prohibited image and eight extreme images depicting bestiality.

Owen-Davies admitted three offences of making indecent images, two charges of possession, and one charge of possessing extreme images between August last year and April this year.

Judge Niclas Parry said Owen-Davies had admitted serious sexual offending over a significant period of time – repeated occasions for more than 12 months.

He told him: “You were making images of the most dreadful sexual abuse of children.

“The most aggravating features are the length of the offending and the significant number of images and movies.

“Some of the children were very young – aged three, five and nine.

“Search terms show that you were actually searching for that kind of material.”

Owen-Davies was also made to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

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