June 2018

‘Lonely’ man caught with indecent film of child on mobile phone

A man said to live a lonely and isolated life was found to have an indecent film of a child on his mobile phone.

Police searched the Rhyl home of Sean Peter Donnelly after officers received intelligence about the use of an encrypted website.

It was alleged that indecent images had been posted there but Donnelly had not been charged with distribution because it could not be shown what the items were, Mold Crown Court was told.

But after officers seized his mobile phone one category A – the most serious kind- was found on it, said prosecuting barrister, Andrew Green.

During police interview Donnelly admitted accessing a web site and posted items in a chat room designed to trade in images of children.

He said he understood his behaviour was illegal and said he could offer no explanation for his behaviour.

The 52-second film which was the subject of the one charge against him was found on a micro SD card and showed the child with a man.

Judge Niclas Parry said that he accepted Donnelly had acted entirely out of character and the offending had been brought about by the seemingly sad circumstances of a lonely life.

Donnelly, of Bethesda Street in Rhyl, was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for seven years.

A seven year sexual harm prevention order was made to control his future use of the internet.

Judge Parry said the protection of the public was better served with the issues he had being addressed by rehabilitation so that the risk of re-offending would be removed.

He said if Donnelly was sent to prison he would be released within a few weeks without any of the issues being addressed.