March 2015

Cardiff council worker admits possessing thousands of child sex abuse images

A former Cardiff council worker has admitting possession of more than 2,000 images of child sex abuse.

Michael Wayne Davies, 52, pleaded guilty to three charges of being in possession of thousands of still and movie images of children, many showing victims as young as five being forced into sex with adults.

The images were discovered after police raided his home on George Street in Llantrisant following a tip off from Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP).

Davies also pleaded guilty to having seven pictures of sexual images involving animals.

Prosecutor John Warren told Cardiff Crown Court: “They were found when police went to the home he shared with his partner and four-year-old child on June 5 last year among a total of 2,041 static and movie images.

“He declined to comment during questioning but did provide his password for access to his computer.”

David Elias, defending, described Davies as being of “exemplary” character and who had already sought help.

“There is here a sufficient prospect of rehabilitation because of his background and what he has done already in terms of therapy,”, he told the court.

“It would be best not just for him but for the public”.

Judge Morgan told Davies, who is currently living at Clos Enfys, Caerphilly: “These are not victimless offences.

“Somewhere children are being subjected to the most appalling abuse to produce images for the sexual gratification of people all over the world.

“But that said, you are 52 and of hitherto unblemished character.

“Your offending has come from some weird obsession on your part but to your credit you have not distributed the images to others.”

Judge David Wynn Morgan told Davies that it was vital he went on a three-year therapy course to cure his “weird obsessions”.

But he said any prison sentence he could pass would not be long enough for that work to be done.

Imposing a three year community and treatment order, he said anyone who believed that was the soft option, would be wrong.

Judge Morgan told him: “It is extremely unpleasant, particularly as everybody now knows what has happened and if you fail to comply you will be jailed.”

He added: “There are a large number of issues raised both for you personally and in terms of your employment, as far as these matters are concerned, which are going to take a long time to resolve.”

Davies will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Speaking after the hearing, a spokesman for Cardiff council said Davies no longer works for the authority but was unable to provide any more information.