December 2020

Pontypool paedophile handed suspended jail sentence

A pervert who downloaded child abuse images was ordered to attend a sex offender programme after a judge told him: “You have a problem.”

Lewis Browne, 29, of Glenview Road, Trevethin, Pontypool, was also handed a suspended jail sentence at Cardiff Crown Court.

Byron Broadstock, prosecuting, said the defendant had downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children, including 81 category A pictures depicting the most serious type of abuse.

Factory worker Browne pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children.

He also admitted possession of a prohibited image of a child and possession of extreme pornography.

The offences were committed between November 15, 2017 and June 17, 2019.

Judge Michael Fitton QC told Browne: “You have a problem with paedophilic material.

“Unless you deal with this, it will ruin your life.”

The defendant must attend 35 sessions of the Horizon sex offender programme.

Browne was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He must register as a sex offender until 2030 and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the next 10 years.

Browne must also pay £535 prosecution costs and a £140 victim surcharge