March 2013

Husband admits child abuse images

AN Isle Abbotts man could face a prison sentence after pleading guilty to multiple allegations of downloading child abuse images from the internet.

Gregory John Hughes appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates sitting at Yeovil on Monday, February 25.

The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to 17 charges of making an indecent image or photograph of a child on various dates between April 16, 2011, and September 30, 2011, from his home address.

Prosecutor Emma Chetland said that police went to Hughes’s address after receiving information and a search was carried out at the property.

“His laptop was seized and information on it was analysed and found to contain indecent images of children,” she said.

“The defendant was arrested and when interviewed by police gave a prepared statement saying that the laptop belonged to him.

“He said his wife was the only other person who had access to it and she was not responsible for the images being on it.”

Mrs Chetland said that there were a total of 129 images found on the computer hard drive and were graded in categories of seriousness from one being the most serious to five being the most serious.

There were 90 in category one, 21 in category two, 13 in category three and five in category four.

None of the images were in category five.

The magistrates adjourned the case against Hughes until March 25 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service and said that all options would be considered including a prison sentence.

Until his next court appearance the defendant was released on unconditional bail.