May 2018

Teenager from Flintshire downloaded indecent child images

DOWNLOADING of indecent images of children by a teenager took place in most cases when he himself was a youth, a court has been told

David Barry Williams, 18 admitted that over a four year period starting when he was 13 he down loaded two category B and 50 category C images.

There were none of the more serious category A images which involved penetrative acts between adults and children, Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold was told.

Williams, of Maes yr Odyn in Holywell, was ordered to register on the police sex register for five years.

A five year sexual harm prevention order was made.

Williams was placed in a community order under which he must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and 25 days of rehabilitation with £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.

Magistrates said it was an unusual case.

There were a relatively low number of images and none involved sexual acts with adults.

It was accepted that the majority were downloaded when he himself was a youth.

However, they warned that it was a serious matter.

Prosecutor James Neary told how police executed a search warrant at Williams’ home in December following information that the IP address there had been used to download images.

The images were found on a computer tablet and a mobile phone used by Williams.

Initially he denied being involved but later accepted what he had done and said he had originally denied it because he was embarrassed.