Wrexham pensioner had indecent images of young boys, court told
A Wrexham pensioner was found to have more than 100 indecent images of children when police searched his devices, a court heard.
Brian Davies, of Chanticleer Close, appeared at Mold Crown Court on Thursday for sentencing.
The 73-year-old had previously admitted three offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of possessing a prohibited image of a child.
Simon Parry, prosecuting, told the court North Wales Police had received a report from Facebook about an indecent image being uploaded to its site in October last year.
Officers traced the account which uploaded the image to Davies and in February this year a warrant was executed at his home.
His computer equipment and phone were seized and when interviewed by police at that point he denied there would be any indecent images found.
But a forensic examination discovered 26 such images of category A, 18 of category B and 75 of category C.
A prohibited “Japanese anime style” image of a child was also found.
Mr Parry said all of the images related to young boys aged approximately between seven and 14.
Police also found documents with titles “indicative of child sexual exploitation” as well as deliberate searches of a child sexual nature directed to images of young boys.
When interviewed again he gave no comment, but pleaded guilty at the Magistrates Court.
Patrick Geddes, defending, said Davies “doesn’t present as someone who is technology savvy.”
He added: “These are his devices and he is the only one who can be responsible – he accepts that.
“He has worked all his life and is deeply ashamed to find himself before the crown court.
“He’s embarrassed and scared.”
Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “Although the number of images recovered is quite small by comparison to what is seen in this court, this is a serious and disturbing matter.”
Referencing a pre-sentence report completed with Davies prior to the hearing, the Judge continued: “You’re still in denial, with you saying you have no sexual interest in the likes of these images. “Those views need challenging. “It is plain to me and to anyone reading these papers that you do have a sexual interest in young boys and there’s a need to confront that by intensive work.”
He handed Davies a three year community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of 60 days.
In addition to paying a fine of £550 and prosecution costs of £340, Davies must register as a sex offender for five years.
He will also be made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.
Judge Rowlands warned Davies he faced the prospect of prison if he didn’t comply with the requirements imposed.