February 2018

Paedophile indulged ‘warped sexual fantasies’ posing as a lesbian

A man posed as a woman called “Charlotte” to join a lesbian chat room before sending indecent images of children, a court heard.

Miles Thomas Bird, 50, a hotel porter used the name Charlotte Williams to indulge his “warped sexual fantasies”, according to the judge at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Bird, of Cae Morys, Beddgelert, admitted three charges of possessing indecent images of children.

He also admitted a charge of possessing a prohibited image of a child,

Judge Huw Rees said Bird engaged in role-play online to satisfy his fantasies.

He was spared a jail term and handed an 18-month community order with a 50-day activity requirement and a six-month alcohol treatment programme.

Ember-Jade Wong, prosecuting, said North Wales Police were alerted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) that the images had been uploaded onto the internet.

Enquiries by police traced the account used by Bird to his address and police carried out a search of the property seizing various items including a laptop.

“He accepted he had swapped images on the internet and conceded he had used the user name Charlotte1995 as a fake i/d to access a lesbian chat room,” she said.

Police computer experts examined the laptop and found a number of indecent images of young girls aged between seven and 15 years of age.

Ms Wong said the experts also found evidence of sexually explicit discussions and found software had been installed which prevented the retrieval of data.

“The defendant told police he was in the habit of saving pornographic images on the laptop,” she added.

Bird was a man of previous good character his barrister Andrew Green said and urged the judge to follow the recommendations of the pre-sentence report and draw back from a custodial sentence.

Sentencing Judge Huw Rees said the offences were serious and custody was always considered in such cases.

“You now appreciate you have played a part in the abuse of children by creating a demand for such images,” he said.

Bird was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order and his name must remain on the sex offenders’ register for the same period.