March 2018

Indecent images photographer gets suspended sentence

A photographer who worked at a youth club has avoided going to jail after taking indecent photographs of a young relative.

63 year old Brian Stanley Mitchell of Woodbourne Road in Douglas admitted taking indecent photos of children and downloading images from the internet.

At Douglas Courthouse this week, Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes said although the images were at the lower end of the scale his actions were a serious breach of trust.

She heard references sent by youth workers from the Department of Education, Sport and Culture – Mitchell had worked closely with Pulrose Youth Club and taken photos at Island schools.

Mrs Hughes imposed a 12-week prison term, suspended for two years and Mitchell will have to register as a sex offender for five years.