January 2012

Melksham man jailed for possessing more than 5,000 indecent images

A Melksham man has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to possessing and making indecent images of children.

Jeremy Michael Feltis, 51, was arrested on suspicion of making indecent images of children on March 10, 2010, following information received from the Metropolitan Police and a search at an address in Brampton Court, Melksham.

All computer equipment at the address was seized and forensic examination of two laptops belonging to Mr Feltis revealed 5,115 indecent images of children, 292 indecent films of children and more than 700 erotic stories in relation to children.

It was also discovered that an indecent image of a child was being used as a screen saver.

Feltis, a former ambulance driver, appeared at SwindonCrown Court last Friday, where he was sentenced to eight months in prison. He will also have his name added to the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Acting Detective Inspector Mike Selbie from the Wiltshire Police Public Protection Unit said: “Viewing and downloading indecent images of children is child abuse and fuels a demand that can lead to further abuse of children.

“By working closely with other forces and partner agencies to target those who access these images, we can lessen that demand and help protect further children from abuse. Those individuals intent on viewing indecent images of children will be identified

“We take all reports of sexual abuse extremely seriously and have teams of specialist officers who have been trained to deal with all aspects of sexual abuse, against children or adults.

“Victims can be assured they will be believed and all reports will be thoroughly investigated by our highly trained officers.”

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or suspects that children are being abused, should call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on             0800 555 111      .