November 2015

Student arrested after child abuse images was found on his mobile phones


A STUDENT was arrested at Llandrillo College and indecent images of young children were found on his two mobile phones.

Tristan Richard Hughes was already on a suspended prison sentence for committing similar offences.

Mold Crown Court today heard how at the time of the new offences he would have been following an internet sex offender programme.

Tristan Richard Hughes, aged 26, of Groesffordd at Henllan, near Denbigh, was jailed for 21 months – 20 months for the new offences and one month from the suspended sentence.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for ten years and a new ten year sexual harm prevention order was made to curb his future offending.

The judge, Miss Recorder Gaynor Lloyd, said that he had been leading a double persona.

He was described as manipulative and a high risk of re-offending.

She said that the pre-sentence report from the probation service made “grave reading” .

He had started the internet sex offender programme in November 2013 which was there to help him tackle his behaviour but he began offending again in February 2014.

She said that he had engaged with the programme but that engagement “must have been superficial”.

The report described him as highly manipulative with little insight into his offending and he accepted little responsibility for his actions.

He denied any sexual motive in looking at images at girls as young as five, and was not motivated to change.

The defendant pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images or children and two of possession.

Prosecutor David Mainstone told how police executed a search warrant at his home.

He was at college and they went there to arrest him and the offending images were found on his two mobile phones.

There were seven category A movies of children and four still images at category A and C.

At the time he was on a suspended sentence for earlier offences which arose from a previous warrant being executed at his former home in Llansannan which involved 300 images.

His barrister Simon Rogers said that the present case involved seven movies and one still image at the most serious category A, and three still images at category C

His family had been trying to get him assistance and had been in touch with a foundation to help try and address the underlying issues that he had, Mr Rogers explained.

He stressed that there had been no escalation in his offending and no attempt to contact young females.

“It is not that sort of case,” he said.

He appreciated that it had to be custody and the only question was one of length.

It was hoped that he would get the assistance he needed on his release but the reality was that until he accepted the problem it would be difficult for him to receive the treatment that he needed to make progress.

That would enable him to put his offending behind him and move on.

He was still only 26 and in a position to change.

There were issues which he did not want canvassed in open court which may provide an explanation for his behaviour.

A custodial sentence would be extremely difficult for him and his family.

The judge said that she had read a poignant and touching letter from the defendant’s mother.