September 2017

Newport man caught with indecent images of children within months of jail release

An already convicted sex offender who recently finished a jail term for possessing indecent images of children has been sent back behind bars for the same crime.

Jason James, of Caerau Road, Newport, appeared at Newport Crown Court yesterday more than a year after he was handed an 18-month sentence.

The 36-year-old had pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children – some of which were in the most extreme category.

He had also been in breach of a sexual harm and prevention order (SHPO) placed upon him following his previous offending.

The prosecution, led by Jason Howells, told the court that James’ residence at Caerleon House Hotel was searched by police on August 26.

The court heard that the defendant was co-operative with police, telling them that he had images on his mobile phone and acknowledging that he had breached his SHPO.

In total, officers uncovered a batch of still images with three images in category A, six in category B and 9 in category C.

James had also told police that he had also deleted other indecent images from his mobile phone.

A statement from James’ probation officer, which was read out in court, stated that he would benefit from a programme only on offer in custody and that described the defendant as having a “high risk of reoffending”.

Before passing sentencing, Judge Williams told James: “On September 16 of last year I sentenced you to 18 months imprisonment for possession of indecent images.

“These were utterly appalling images and I told you then that behind each of these images there lies a real child that is being abused and recorded, to be watched by people like you for sexual gratification.

“In this case there were relatively few images but you had deleted a lot more of them.”

James was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, placed on the sexual offenders register for 10 years and his SHPO was renewed.