Man, 31, sat naked in front of laptop while casually discussing child abuse images
A man who was casually discussing child abuse images while naked in front of his laptop didn’t realise he was chatting to an undercover officer from the USA.
Edward Lloyd Davies, 31 of New Street, Mold , admitted two counts of possessing indecent images of children from September 2015 and December 2017.
A third charge relating to his conversation with the undercover officer was left on file.
MoldCrown Court heard the defendant had a sexual interest in pictures of young boys being abused, so after the conversation ended officers in the US brought his name to the attention of their UK counterparts.
Prosecutor Simon Mintz told the court that on December 20, 2017 a warrant was executed by North Wales Police at Davies’ address and laptops and other devices were seized. They revealed he was using video conferencing sites such as Skype and Zoom to pursue his interest in watching children being sexually abused.
He said: “Conversations were recovered that demonstrated indecent images were being viewed. He had a conversation with another Skype user where they both made comments on child abuse material they were both watching at the same time. He was watching penetration of young boys with clear pleasure in doing so.
“On Zoom with other users the language was suggestive of penetration with a very young girl. On December 20, 2017, he was arrested and made no comment at interview.”
Mr Mintz said the aggravating feature was the interest in penetration of young boys.
Louise Cowen said that pre-sentence reports suggested Davies was suitable for a community sentence.
He had shown “deep remorse”.
She added: “He has been very clear he needs help and would engage with help. In admitting theses offences and being honest with himself he has demonstrated real insight.
“He knows the position he is in today and he knows the seriousness.”
Judge Niclas Parry said he was sure the defendant now understood “what these child victims had endured”.
He added: “This kind of offence involves exploitation, violence, threats. That’s what goes hand in hand with sexual abuse and you know you understand you’re contributing to that supply and demand
“I accept that you feel great disgust at your behaviour and you must have a sexual interest in male children.”
He said reports said he was capable and suitable of undergoing work to rehabilitate him. There had been no offending for seven years and no previous sexual offending.
He said matters such as this must be addressed by a custodial sentence and he jailed Davies for six months on each count to run concurrently.
However he would suspend that term for two years so he could engage with services.
He was ordered to attend an accredited programme for 26 sessions, he would also have to complete a rehabilitation requirement and unpaid community service.
In addition Davies would have to register as a sex offender for seven years and a sexual harm prevention order was made for the same period. The order means he can have laptops, mobile phones and tablets that access the internet but they must contain a history that can be viewed on demand by officers.
The equipment seized by officers would be destroyed and Davies was ordered to pay £1,200 in costs at a rate of £50 per month.