November 2017

Man caught with more than 1,500 indecent images of children and adults

A man has pleaded guilty to making and possessing more than 1,500 indecent photographs of adults and children – including 63 of the most serious type.

Geraint ap Dewi Rowlands, 56, of Cleveland Avenue, Tywyn, Gwynedd, appeared before District Judge Gwyn Jones at Caernarfon magistrates court where he pleaded guilty to five charges relating to a total of 1,545 images and movies.

Rowlands, gave his address to the court and replied “guilty” to each of the charges as they were read out to him.

They were: Making 63 indecent images and movies of children under 18 category A; making 103 indecent images and movies of children under 18, category B; making 361 indecent images and movies of children under 18, category C. He also admitted possessing 43 prohibited images of a child and possessing 975 extreme pornographic images and videos described as grossly offensive.

The charges related to dates between May 2007 and July 2017.

Outlining the case, Diane Williams, prosecuting, said police were informed of the offences after Rowlands uploaded images to an internet chat room in August last year. They were linked to his IP address.

She said one of the photographs was of a child aged 10-11 standing on a beach facing a camera.

Mrs Williams said police issued a warrant to arrest Rowlands and his property was searched.

She said Rowlands told police he was the only person with access to the mobile phone, laptop and hard-drive seized by police.

Some of the images found on them were of children aged between six months and 14 years old.

She said search engines were found to be “specific for child images” as well as others for “bestiality images”.

District Judge Gwyn Jones ordered a full pre-sentence report and for a risk assessment to be made.

Rowlands was bailed on condition he co-operated with the probation service.

He will be sentenced at Llandudno magistrates court on December 11.