November 2017

Frome man admits to viewing thousands of indecent images of children

A young Frome man who admitted viewing thousands of indecent images of children that he downloaded from the internet has now been committed to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

Jorge Wines confessed to police that he was disturbed by his own behaviour and had been looking at the images over a four year period saying he could not deal with the shame of what he had been doing.

When he appeared before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil at a previous hearing 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.

Previously, 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.”

The case had been adjourned for a psychiatric report to be prepared on Wines, and when the magistrates were presented with the information they directed that he should be sent to the crown court to be sentenced by a judge.

They adjourned the case until December 1 when he must appear before a sentencing hearing at Taunton and until then his unconditional bail was extended.

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