June 2015

Norwich teenager downloaded indecent images of children

A 19 year-old Norwich teenager, who sent an indecent image of a child to a sex offender in Wales, was found to have a stash of around 300 indecent images of children on his computer equipment, a court heard.

Dominic-Jake Potter was traced after he sent one image to a sex offender in Wales, who was being monitored by police, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said although Potter had not used his real name on the account, police traced that it was Potter who had sent the image.

Mr Youell said when his computer equipment and iPhone were checked around 300 images were found, including 44 in the more serious category.

Potter of Riverside Close, Norwich, admitted possessing indecent images of children between January and June, last year, and distributing the one image.

Judge Nicholas Coleman said it was a “troubling case” but after reading a number of references said: ”There is plainly a lot of good in you.”

He accepted Potter came from a supportive family and said it was difficult to fathom his behaviour: “You have realised that what you have done is wrong and have set about addressing the problem by getting counselling. You have realised the error of your ways.”

Judge Coleman imposed eight month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months and a 12 month supervision order. He also ordered him to do 240 hours unpaid work and he must also be on the sex offender’s register.

Potter was also made subject to an order which monitors his internet use.

Judge Coleman added: “You will not do anything like this again.”