November 2018

Man who hoarded 300,000 child abuse images spared jail

A man who had so many child sex images on his computer police were not able to categorise them all has been spared jail.

James Moran had more than 300,000 vile videos and pictures on his hard-drive – which he had claimed he’d bought at a car boot sale.

But many of them pre-dated the time he said he’d bought it.

They included children aged from six months to 17 years, and were kept in hidden files with names such as “more work”.

He had used specialist software to conduct internet searches for terms like “jail bait gallery”.

But today Moran, 53, walked out of Mold Crown Court after a judge said he believed he could be rehabilitated.

If he went to prison he would lose his job, his defence barrister told the court.

Judge Niclas Parry told Moran: “You were clearly looking for images of very young children”.

Moran, of Ceg y Fford in Prestatyn, initially denied being responsible but later when he was alone he said it was him and he volunteered his laptop saying “it is all on there”.

He had made 18,186 images and 99 movies – 220 of them of the most serious type, Category A.

Prosecutor Ryan Rothwell said a further 293,800 images and films had been found but because of the sheer number of them they had not been categorised.

Judge Parry told Moran: “You now accept that your thinking can only be described as distorted and you need to address serious issues.”

He had already started to do that voluntarily, and the judge said he felt there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, which was why he was not going to jail him.

Moran was given a 14 months suspended sentence which will hang over him for two years, 60 days rehabilitation and 200 hours’ community service.