August 2017

Frome man hands himself in for looking at thousands of indecent images of children

A young Frome man who viewed thousands of indecent images of children that he downloaded from the internet handed himself in to police because he was disturbed by his own behaviour.

Jorge Wines confessed to police that he had been looking at the images over a four year period and said he could not deal with the shame of what he had been doing.

When he appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil he pleaded guilty to making an indecent photograph, namely 28 still images and 9 movies of children in the most serious Category A at Frome between February 24, 2012 and August 1, 2016.

The 22-year-old, of Westfield Road, also admitted two similar offences in relation to 25 images in Category B and 2,933 images and one movie of a child in Category C

The case against the defendant had been adjourned for a pre sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service.

However, the magistrates were told that the probation officer had stated a report could not be made until a psychiatric assessment had taken place on Wines.

At a previous court hearing prosecutor Joanne Pearce said that the defendant had been downloading the images between 2012 and 2016 since he was the age of 17.

“He actually went to the police and confessed what he had done and they started their investigation,” she said 

“He said he could not deal with the shame of what he was doing secretly and then made full and frank admissions during his interview.”

Miss Pearce added that Wines had no previous convictions and would now automatically be required to sign onto the national Sex Offenders’ Register.

Defending solicitor Lisa Rowley said that Wines had a “significant prospect of rehabilitation” after taking steps to address his issues.

“He went out of his way to get voluntary help with regards to these unwanted thoughts and does not receive sexual gratification from them,” she said.

He is on a waiting list to receive Talking Therapies and is currently seeing a family liaison officer.

“He is also staying away from children and has a massive support from his family, and I have never seen anyone so remorseful.

“He is extremely ashamed about it and these are purely unwanted thoughts and he is looking to go into rehabilitation.”

At the latest hearing Miss Rowley said that she endorsed the preparation of a psychiatric report on her client so his behaviour could be addressed rather than him going into custody.

The magistrates adjourned the case until October 13 for the psychiatric assessment to be carried out but did not rule out a committal to Taunton Crown Court for sentence.

Until then they released him on unconditional bail and directed that he should continue to comply with the conditions of the Sex Offenders Register after being required to sign onto it.

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