Holiday park pervert had child porn on his mobile phone
A PERVERT who had indecent images of young children on his mobile phone was spared jail yesterday.
The pictures were discovered after Keith Morris lost his mobile phone on a caravan park.
The gardener who found it looked through the phone to try to trace the owner and uncovered the child porn images.
Morris, of Edeyrnion Terrace, Corwen, admitted six charges of possessing indecent photos of children.
Instead of a jail sentence the judge at Caernarfon Crown Court ordered the 57-year-old should be supervised by probation officers for the next three years.
Judge Merfyn Hughes QC said any jail sentence imposed would be a short one and upon release Morris would be free to carry on as before.
“There would be no constructive value to it and what is necessary is confront whatever it is that causes you to do this and to prevent its escalation,” he said.
The court heard Morris lost the phone while staying at the Greenacres Holiday Park at Morfa Bychan, near Porthmadog, in July last year.
Richard Edwards, prosecuting, said: “The phone was found by a gardener at the holiday park. Initially he thought nothing of it and put it in his pocket hoping someone would ring and help him find out who it belonged to.
“When no one had called by lunchtime he began to interrogate the phone to try and find its owner and was then he found photographs of an indecent nature.
“He contacted the manager of the park and she alerted the police.”
Mr Edwards said the phone was examined by experts and nine images were found. Messages sent by Morris from the phone were also found.
“These were of young males and females and some were of children aged 13 and under,” he said.
Morris was arrested and interviewed by officers in January.
“He told officers he was at the caravan park in July and explained he had become involved in a dating agency on Sky television. He had sent text messages to some people and they had sent messages back. Some had sent him photographs,” said Mr Edwards.
Morris, he added, claimed he had not asked for the images but he agreed he had sent a text asking for photos of young girls to be sent to him.
“He had no recollection of doing so but he accepted that he must have done because the message was found on the phone,” said Mr Edwards.
Morris had no previous convictions but had accepted a police caution for sexual activity in a public lavatory.
Simon Rogers, defending, pointed out the small number of images and stressed there was no evidence Morris had shown them to anyone. He added: “These proceedings have had a devastating effect on his marriage. The pre-sentence report suggests he is a low-risk of reoffending.”
Morris was ordered to sign the sex offender register before leaving the court building.