February 2018

Charity worker jailed for making indecent images of children

A CHILDREN’S charity worker from Brierley Hill has been jailed after he was caught with nearly 4,300 sickening indecent photographs of boys.

“You should have realised, working with children, the gravity of what you were doing,” Recorder Thomas Rochford told 68-year-old Christopher Jones.

He said 330 of the indecent photographs had been in the worst category, adding: “You were plainly looking for unpleasant and sinister images.”

The recorder said Jones had used software on his computer to try and conceal his identity and it was clear a large number of children had been involved in the abuse.

“You have a background of working with children, helping them with their reading, and you should have had an understanding about child abuse and what you were doing,” the recorder said.

Jones, of Springfield Road, admitted three charges of making indecent images of children and was jailed for eight months.

He was also made the subject of a 10 year Sexual Harm Protection Order.

Caroline Harris, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court that there was no evidence that Jones – who must also register as a sex offender for 10 years – had been abusing or grooming children.

The court heard he had told police officers after his arrest that the images all involved boys and he had no interest in girls.

He said “one thing lead to another” while maintaining he had tried to delete images because he could not bear to watch children being harmed.

“I knew I should not have done it,” he said. “I have only got myself to blame. Everything I had has been lost now.”

The recorder told Jones it was accepted he had been downloading the images for about 12 months.

He said Jones had been described in reports at a desperately, lonely man but he made it clear it was not possible to avoid sending him straight into custody.