Porthcawl man (33) was ‘addicted’ to child pornography

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

By AJ Sicluna

A CHILD pornography “addict” has been given an extended sentence of 12 years at Cardiff Crown Court.

Thomas Jones, 33, of Lake View Close, Porthcawl, admitted a total of 12 charges.

The sentence involves six years in custody and on his release, he will be on licence for nine years. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

The charge involved possessing hundreds of indecent photographs of children, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence.

Said Judge Neil Bidder QC: “I?have to sentence you for a series of sexual offences involving children under 11 years old.”

He said that when arrested, Jones had been “surprisingly frank with the police” and admitted being addicted to child pornography.

Jones also recognised he needed treatment.

Added the judge: “You have in all probability a personality disorder. The offending was planned and became increasingly serious.”

Jones, he continued, had little insight into the harm the offences caused.

The Judge described him as intelligent, but with anti-social views.

Prosecutor Eugene Egan said that on April 4, police officers went to Jones’ address in Porthcawl and seized his laptop computer and a Nokia phone.

The police discovered hundreds of indecent images in all three categories, from the most serious to the least serious.

He told the police he had “dark sexual fantasies” and described himself as a loner and a recluse.

He confessed that he fantasised about having sex with children although he had never acted on those fantasies, and never carried them through to actual activity.

His solicitor, Nick Hartland, said he was never devious or manipulative and had always been candid.

Clearly, said Mr Hartland, Jones had a chaotic upbringing and was heavily reliant on alcohol and drugs.

“There are some mental health concerns and he acknowledges he has a problem,” said Mr Hartland.

He pointed out that he had no relevant convictions, but there were aggravating features in the case.

The Judge said that in passing the sentence, he had to consider the risk that Jones presented to the public, especially to young, female children.

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