September 2017

Gower man has been caught watching child abuse – again

A Gower man found with videos of child abuse on his mobile phone has been given a suspended prison sentence so the probation service can help to tackle his sexual interest in youngsters.

It is the second time Jack Price has been caught with indecent images of children.

A judge told the 25-year-old post office worker that it was people like him who were indirectly responsible for the sexual abuse and degradation of children by their viewing of pictures and films.

Swansea Crown Court heard that police, acting on information received, went to the house in Bishopston where Price lives with his parents in July this year, and seized his phone.

On the device officers found 20 explicit films, including a number in Category A – the most extreme kind.

The court heard it was the second time Price had been caught with such material.

In 2015 he was jailed for eight months for possession of more than 1,000 indecent images.

Price, of Kilfield Road, Bishopston, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children, and to one count of possessing cannabis – the officers found the drug when they arrested him – when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Judge Paul Thomas QC told Price he should think about what he had done, the shame he had brought his family, and the ordeal the children in the films had gone through.

He said: “These are not victimless offences, they are not just simple pictures on a screen – these are real children. You are responsible, in an indirect way, for their sexual degradation.”

The judge said his dilemma was whether to send Price to prison for what would be a relatively short period of time given the number of images involved, or to pass a sentence that allowed probation to intensively work with the defendant to address his offending – and that it was in society’s interests for him to do the latter.

For each of the three possession charges Price was sentenced to 12 months in prison to run concurrently – making a total of 12 months, and suspended for 24 months

He will be on the sex offenders register for the next 10 years.