April 2010

Newport man had more than 1800 indecent images of children – court hears

A NEWPORT man was given a community order after admitting possessing more than 1800 indecent images of children.

Sean Johnson, 23, of Allt-yr-yn, appeared in Cardiff Crown Court for sentencing, after admitting 16 counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing an indecent image of a child at a previous magistrates’ court hearing.

Prosecutor John Warren said the offences, which came to light following the execution of a search warrant at Johnson’s home on October 13, 2008, took place between June 23 and August 2, 2008.

He said a total of 1886 images were found on a laptop, hard drives and memory sticks.

The court heard Johnson, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, was interviewed under caution in July 2009, when the defendant admitted having an interest in adult porn and admitted downloading the images.

Timothy Evans, representing Johnson, said the defendant suffered from problems due to his conditions and had overcome the difficulties enough to earn a university degree and had made friends.

He said the offences took place while Johnson was still at university after his friends, who were the year above him, had graduated.

Judge Keith Thomas said that although Johnson had done a considerable amount to overcome difficulties caused by his condition “that does not excuse this particular behaviour.”

Johnson was made the subject of a three-year community order, including three years of supervision and a requirement that he attends the Internet Sexual Offenders Treatment programme.

He was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.