November 2013: Shields has now been released back into the Shropshire area

March 2013

Telford man jailed for child abuse images

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A man from Telford has been jailed for 16 months for possessing indecent images of children.

David Shields, aged 33, admitted three charges of possessing indecent images of a child, including three pictures at level five, the highest level, and two at level four. He also admitted having two indecent movies of children, one of which was at level five.

Shields, from Farm Lane, Donnington, appeared in front of Judge Robin Onions at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday.

He was sentenced to 16 months in prison, ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, placed under a sexual offences public order for 10 years and barred from working with children for life. Mr Nicholas Burn, prosecuting, said the images had been downloaded from the internet by Shields in June 2011. He said Shields had been at his then-girlfriend’s house watching one of the videos when he was caught.

Mr Michael Sherwood-Smith, for Shields, said his client had told him that he needed help and wanted to move on.

Judge Onions told Shields: “In normal circumstances someone like this would not get a custodial sentence, but you have previous convictions for indecent assault, indecent exposure, gross indecency with a female child and possession of indecent photographs of a child.”