March 2015

Man jailed for photographing himself abusing a girl who was aged under 10 years old

A MAN who photographed himself sexual abusing a youngster has been jailed for five years.

Robin Jones got a girl aged under ten to touch him intimately and took the sick snap as she did do, Bristol Crown Court heard.

After admitting wrongdoing and signing as a sex offender for five years he told police he had lost his passport, but then jetted off to Casablanca before returning of his own volition.

Jones, 33, of Sandy Park Road, Bristol, pleaded guilty to enticing a girl aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity and taking an indecent photograph of a child.

He also admitted failing to notify authorities when he travelled abroad.

Judge Graham Hume Jones conceded Jones has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

He told him to register as a sex offender for life and banned him from working with children.

Jones told the judge: “Thank you your honour.”

Neil Treharne, prosecuting, said that the girl told her mother that Jones had abused her and how the photograph had been taken at the time.

She told police he took a photo of her and made her take a photo of him.

Initially Jones denied wrongdoing but then pleaded guilty.

After claiming his passport was lost, and being told he had to inform police before travelling abroad, in November last year the UK Border Agency reported that he had flown from Gatwick Airport to Casablanca.

Some two weeks later, however, Jones returned to the UK and he admitted failing to notify police of his movements, saying that he had gone on holiday to have the energy to face court and he simply forgot to notify them.

Farah Rashid, defending, said her client had tried to arrange counselling.

She told the judge: “He was suffering from severe depression having lost his father and mother.

“He was seeing doctors relating to it.

“But there is no excuse. He knows it was very wrong and he knows he is facing an immediate custodial sentence.

“He comes across as a man who does have an enormous amount of remorse.”

The court heard Jones has a wife in Morocco and was allowed to visit there following his undisclosed trip to Casablanca.

Miss Rashid said: “He was always going to come back.”