June 2018

Man, 61, tried to incite child into sexual activity

A man has been jailed for serious child sexual abuse images offences and attempting to incite a young girl into sexual activity.

Dean Harper, 61, of Sisial y Pin, Ffair Rhos, admitted downloading 317 indecent images of children in the most serious category A, 400 in category B and 500 in C.

He also admitted sending images in all three categories to a third party, all on a single day.

Harper also admitted attempting to incite the girl into sexual activity knowing that she was under 13.

Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the distribution of the images alerted the police who raided Harper’s home and removed computer equipment.

An examination of his internet activity revealed he had made contact with a girl via social media and swapped messages with her.

The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths, told Harper his offending was serious and a jail sentence was inevitable despite him being in a wheelchair.

Harper was jailed for a total of two years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which will restrict his contact with young people and his internet activity after his release from prison.