August 2012

Oldbury man traded child abuse pictures online

A GRADUATE who ‘traded’ indecent images of children on a file sharing network from his home has escaped a prison sentence.

When police investigated Christopher Jones’s computer they discovered he had downloaded over 12,000 obscene photos.

At Birmingham Crown Court Judge Murray Creed told Jones: “You became involved in something very serious involving a number of sexual images of children. What makes it particularly serious are the last four counts which involve trading them with other people.”

However, he believed a three-year community order was the best way to protect the public and make sure Jones never committed similar offences again.

He took into account the fact Jones had lost his job, his reputation in a ‘spectacular way’ and his girlfriend.

Jones, 29, of Grove Road, Oldbury, who had admitted six charges of possessing indecent pictures and four of distributing them, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.

Rhydian James, prosecuting, said intelligence was received that Jones had been using a computer to share obscene images and officers from the online safe guarding team went to his home address.

His girlfriend told them he was away on business in Bracknell. Jones was later arrested by Thames Valley police.

When quizzed, he admitted having an ‘addiction to pornography’, saying he had initially downloaded adult material. However, he became bored and turned to more ‘taboo material’.

He had discovered the file-sharing site and used ‘role play’ to discuss with others images he’d exchanged.

Jones admitted getting sexual gratification from viewing the pictures and also that he had taken a video of a semi-naked young girl.

James Turner, defending, said Jones had been professionally employed and was remorseful.