March 2015: David Harris now runs a sweets distribution service to shops in Cwmbran and the surrounding area. He regularly visits shops for deliveries. Several shop owners have raised concerns about his behaviour towards children who are in the shops when Harris is delivering

January 2009

Jail for Cwmbran man who made vile child abuse images

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A CWMBRAN man was jailed for two years yesterday after being found to have 400 child abuse images.

David Harris, 54, of Ty Canol, Cwmbran, was found guilty of 11 counts of making indecent images of children on November 18 last year after denying all the charges.

During his trial at Newport Crown Court, a jury was told how there were 400 images police deemed indecent in Harris’ possession, some of which were at the worst recorded level of indecency.

The court heard his computer was confiscated and investigated by police after CDs allegedly belonging to Harris were brought into Cwmbran police station.

Police computer experts at Gwent Police’s hi-tech policing unit hacked into the history of Harris’ machine and found searches including “little pre-teen models, pre-teen school girls and little child models.”

Harris said he did not know how the images were found on his computer.

Hilary Roberts, defending told the court it was a family computer which was also used by his wife, who he met while travelling in Thailand, married three weeks later and brought back to Cwmbran.

The only other people with access to his computer were family and friends with keys to his house, none of whom Harris said he had reason to believe would have looked at indecent images on it.

The jury was shown a selection of photographs of images found on CDs allegedly belonging to Harris.

One of the photographs under scrutiny involved two little girls who Harris said were pictured acting out a scene from the film The Little Mermaid.

Before sentencing Harris at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday, The Recorder of Cardiff, Nicholas Cooke QC, said: “Children are not sex objects. It is necessary to deter people from this material.”

Harris was also disqualified from working with children indefinitely and placed on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.