November 2017

Man caught with videos of child abuse on USB stick after police raided home

A man was caught with two videos of child abuse on a USB stick after police raided his home.

Samuel Rowe, 30, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to a count of possessing indecent images of children.

The court heard that officers from South Wales Police executed a warrant at the defendant’s address in Taff’s Well, which he shared with his partner, shortly after 7am on September 5.

Officers made their way upstairs where they discovered Rowe appearing to be trying to conceal an item in his wallet.

It transpired the item was a USB stick which was later found to contain two indecent images of category A, the most extreme kind.

The defendant was spoken to by an officer and was cautioned.

Rowe then said: “I’m sorry, I feel really stupid. There’s a video on the pen drive and as far as I know there’s nothing on the laptop.”

He went on to tell officers the images had nothing to do with his partner.

After analysis, it was discovered the videos were created in 2011 but both had been viewed as recently as December 2016.

During a police interview, Rowe accepted the USB belonged to him and said he had received the videos 10 years earlier through MSN Messenger.

He said he had deleted his account but had kept the material because he thought he would get in trouble if he tried to dispose of them.

He also admitted he had a problem with viewing indecent images for his own sexual gratification, which he described as “disgusting”.

Rowe accepted he was in possession of images of children below the age of 16 and he apologised for his behaviour.

As Judge Jeremy Jenkins passed his sentence, Rowe broke down in tears.

Judge Jenkins said: “These images depict children being abused in the most awful way. People like you who access this material are helping to fund a vile industry where children are filmed on the receiving end of the most horrendous abuse which people access for sexual gratification.

“You realise you have a problem and you are highly motivated to address your difficulty. You have been suspended from work and have told them what the difficulty is but it is hoped you can regain your job.

“What you have done is so serious it passes the custody threshold and as a result I am going to pass upon a custodial sentence but I am prepared to suspend the operation of that sentence.”

Rowe, of Glan-y-Ffordd, Taff’s Well, was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years.

The defendant was also ordered to attend a sexual behaviour programme and to register as a sex offender for five years. He was also ordered to pay costs of £250.

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