July 2021

Forest of Dean man avoids jail for downloading indecent images of babies and young children

A Cinderford man who downloaded 198 indecent images of children – some of them babies – has avoided jail at Gloucester Crown Court.

Ashley Powell, 29, now of Wyebank Road, Tutshill, to a three year community order

After forensic analysis on Powells internet devices, police found indecent images on them – 153 on the hard drive and 44 on a mobile phone.

Most images were predominately of girls between the ages of four and 12. There was one image of a child being gagged and blindfolded and others of female babies only a few months old.

The court was told that Powell received a caution in 2015 for an offence in trying to engage with a 14-year-old girl on Facebook for sexual activity.

Judge Cullum sentenced Powell to a 36-month community order that includes 40 programme sessions and 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

The judge placed Powell on a five year sexual harm prevention order and ordered that he sign the sex offenders’ register for the same time period. He also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the relevant devices, pay court costs of £375 and a victim surcharge.