October 2017

Glastonbury man admits downloading 300 indecent images of children

A man who downloaded nearly 300 indecent images of children onto his computer while living at an address in Glastonbury has been sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

Oliver Geoffrey Watts also distributed two of the images, and when police went to his home he volunteered information about what he had done and was arrested.

Watts, 30, living care/of Walkers Lane North, Southampton, appeared before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil.

He pleaded guilty that between February 11 and March 3, 2017 at Glastonbury he made indecent photographs of a child, namely 59 in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted two further similar charges between the same dates involving making 70 Category B image ad 152 Category C images of a child.

The defendant, who magistrates were told was currently staying in the Wells area, also admitted two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, namely one in Category A and one in Category C.

Christine Hart, prosecuting, said that the case was one which involved a large number of photographs in the most serious bracket and also involved Watts distributing images to other people.

“The defendant has been entirely helpful throughout, and when officers attended his address in Glastonbury at the time he admitted what he had done and gave a very full and frank interview,” she said.

Watts told the court that since his arrest he had attended a course designed at helping internet sex offenders and to devise strategies to avoid future offending.

 

The magistrates said the case was so serious that they felt Watts deserved great punishment than they could impose and ordered him to be sent to the crown court for sentence.

They adjourned all matters until November 24 when he will be sentenced by a judge at Taunton, and in the meantime ordered the Probation Service to prepare a pre sentence report.

Until then they released the defendant on unconditional bail but ordered him to sign on the Sex offenders Register within three days of the hearing.

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