May 2016

Newtown man who downloaded indecent images is placed on sex offender programme

A MAN who downloaded 167 indecent images of children has been placed on a sexual offender programme for three years.

Guy Francis Jones, 31, admitted making the images, one of which was in category A, one in category B and 165 category C – the least serious – when he appeared before Welshpool magistrates.

The offences date from February to July 2014.

Jones, of Llys Lelog, Trehafren, Newtown, had pleaded guilty at an earlier court hearing when sentence had been adjourned for reports.

Mr Stephen Davies, prosecuting, said police received a complaint from a parent about the content of a Facebook page.

When police visited Jones’ home in September last year they took away his computer, memory sticks and phone.

Jones told police there could be some images of children on them which he had downloaded while under the influence of drugs.

Mr Owain Jones, defending, described Jones as a recluse who did not leave the house. 

He suggested a suspended sentence would act as a deterrent but magistrates imposed a sexual offender programme with a three year supervision order.

Jones was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order which limits his access to technology. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.