June 2018

Ceredigion man gets two years in prison for child abuse images offences

A CEREDIGION man who had a computer tower hidden in his wardrobe when police searched his home has been jailed for making and sharing indecent images of children, as well as inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers executed a warrant at the Ystrad Meurig home of Dean Lyster Harper, aged 61, after receiving intelligence that he had uploaded and distributed indecent images of children online.

A number of electronic devices were seized, including a computer tower which he had kept in a wardrobe. Digital forensic investigators from the Digital Communications and Cyber Crime Unit (DCCU) examined a laptop, mobile phone and the computer tower

As well as examining the hard drives, analysts were able to look back through Harper’s messenger conversations, where they found that he had downloaded more than 1,300 indecent images of children between category A – the most extreme – and category C, some of which he had been distributing.

From the evidence gathered, it could also be seen that Harper was using chat rooms to talk to people who told him they were girls as young as 10, and continued to ask them to send images of an indecent nature.

Following CPS advice, he was charged with six counts of making or distributing indecent images of a child, and one count of attempting to cause or incite a girl under 13 engage in sexual activity.

On Friday, June 22, Harper was sentenced to two years in jail and was placed on the sex offenders register. He had a sexual harm prevention order placed on him for 10 years.

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