October 2015

Conwy man escapes jail for child abuse images offences

A 50-year-old man who’d led a law-abiding life held a secret in the “murky shadows” – he was looking at child abuse images on the internet, a judge said.

Robert Edward Head, of Eirias Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy received a ten months suspended jail term and 18 months community order to address his offending.

But he must also register as a sex offender for ten years and a sexual offences prevention order was made at Caernarfon crown court on Friday, limiting his internet use.

Police went to his home in March after being tipped off by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Prosecutor Matthew Curtis said: ”He (Head) indicated there was a part of him that wanted to be caught.

“He assisted them in their search and seizure of equipment from the address.”

Police found 922 images and some videos featuring children as young as three and mainly girls.

Head admitted making and possessing child abuse images.

Gwyndaf Pari, defending, said the offending occurred at a time of difficulties in Head’s personal life when he was suffering from depression and drinking.

he father had shown remorse and voluntarily attended a course on internet offending run by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a child protection charity.

Head was assessed as having a low risk of re-offending, the lawyer added.

Judge Geraint Walters told the defendant: ”To all intents and purposes you were leading a wholly law-abiding life.

“But in the murky shadows of your existence there was this secret that only you knew.

“At a time in your life when you were lonely and had little interest in anybody or anything you took to the internet in order to look at pornography and, as is often the case, you moved from one type of pornography to another.

The judge remarked: ”The biggest myth of all is that no harm is being done to the child.

“The reality is every time a person views that image, the child is being abused again.”

However, Head had demonstrated that he realised he needed to change and how wrong his conduct had been, paying privately for the charity course.