September 2010

Man had 3,000 child abuse images

A 66-YEAR-OLD man from Gwynedd was found to have nearly 3,000 images of child abuse on his computer. 

Police went to the home of Bruce Anthony Morris after a tip-off from the Child Exploitation Online organisation that indecent images of children had been downloaded. 

He told officers who called at his home: “I think I am aware of what you are talking about.” 

At Mold Crown Court yesterday the retired electrical engineer, sporting his Rotary Club tie, received a 36-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. 

He was placed on supervision and was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years. 

Morris, of Gerllan, Tywyn, was disqualified from ever working with children and was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to curb his use of the internet in future. 

Judge Niclas Parry said that for a period of two years, from 2007 to 2009, his actions were nothing short of being complicit in the abuse of girls as young as four. 

“These are not just pictures – they depict what actually happens to young children,” he said. 

But he took into account his guilty plea, his remorse and the fact that he was a hard-working member of the community with no previous convictions. 

Morris, who previously ran his own electrical business and who is involved in a number of community organisations, was found to have 2,995 images on his computer when police raided his home in January last year. 

There were 1,862 at the least serious level one, 18 at level two, three at level three and 112 at level four. There were none at the most serious level of level five. 

When first interviewed, Morris said he had downloaded some adult porn and there were some images of children among it. 

As they did not show children in sexual activity he did not think they were illegal, he said. But interviewed again when the images had been analysed in March of this year, he admitted creating the level one images. He claimed that the more serious level four images were of adults. not children.