April 2018

20 year old from Yeovil viewed nearly 200 indecent images and movies of children

A Yeovil man who viewed nearly 200 indecent images and movies of children has been spared jail by a judge today.

Lewis Mitchell, 20, of Seaton Road, appeared in the dock before Judge Paul Cook at Taunton Crown Court.

Mitchell had admitted a charge that between December 15, 2016 and June 9, 2017 at Yeovil he made 11 indecent images and 19 movies of a child in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted making eight images and 10 movies in Category B and a further 127 images and three movies in Category C.

Prosecuting, Nikki Coombe told the court that police raided his home after being contacted by law enforcement in the USA and told that someone using his IP address had been uploading indecent images to Facebook under the username of Sarah Shaw.

“When police went to the home he shared with his parents and younger brother, Mitchell was not there, but his parents called him and when he returned he was incredibly emotional,” she said.

“He wailed and held his head in his hands, and admitted he had been downloading and sharing the images.”

She said of the images found on his computer, 24 were accessible, while 154 had previously been deleted. They were described as ‘distressing’, and featured both boys and girls, aged between four and 16 years of age.

There were also a number of internet searches for ‘rape’ and ‘child porn’ found in his browsing history.

“When he was interviewed by the police, he said he had been talking to a girl on line and they’d been exchanging images of each other,” she said.

“She then began to ask him to send her indecent images of children.”

Sentenced to a 24 month community order, 30 days rehabilitation requirements and he was made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, and will have to pay an £85 victim surcharge.