December 2018

Stroud teenager facing prison for taking 1,000 indecent photos of young girl

A Stroud teenager who admitted taking indecent photographs of a young girl has been warned he is facing a prison sentence.

Taran Woodward, 18, of Barrowfield Road, Stroud, pleaded guilty yesterday at Gloucester Crown Court to six sex offences.

Of the 1,360 images taken of the child, Judge Ian Lawrie QC heard that 297 were of the most serious, category A showing the penetrative sexual activity of a child

Woodward also admitted two charges of making indecent images of a child between the same dates, and finally two allegations involving a different girl of sending a threatening communication last year and attempting to incite that girl to engage in a non-penetrative sexual act in 2017.

Prosecutor, James Haskell, said: “It is a sequence of one or two types of activity.”

Judge Lawrie adjourned the case for sentence on January 31 next year and said: “He is looking at custody.

“This easily clears the custody threshold.”

Woodward was granted bail until the next hearing.