Teen spared jail over child porn

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A TEENAGED boy downloaded dozens of indecent images of children at his Wigan home, a court heard.

Police raided Jonathan Elms’s house in Patterdale Road, Bryn and also his neighbour’s home after he had distributed one of the images via the internet.

The neighbour’s address came under suspicion as Elms had been using their wifi with their permission but without their knowledge of what he was doing.

Elms, now 18, pleaded guilty to a total of 18 charges involving downloading and possessing a total of 154 indecent images and one of distribution and another of attempting to incite another to distribute another image.

Judge Robert Warnock told Elms, now of Edgerton Road, Lowton, that he was not sure he appreciated the seriousness of the situation and pointed out that if he had been convicted after a trial he would have received two and a half years’ imprisonment.

Instead he sentenced him to 20 months’ detention suspended for two years. He also placed him under supervision for two years and banned him from working with children.

“You were found making and distributing foul images of children. These images are positively revolting,” said Judge Warnock.

He imposed a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his internet use and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the same length of time. Computer equipment and a mobile phone belonging to Elms have been confiscated for destruction.

Lianne Birkett, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that after the police raid they seized his laptop, memory cards and pen drives and his mobile.

When examined, images were found in four categories of seriousness, excluding the most serious, mainly on his laptop but some were also on his phone. The image that he had distributed involving a girl aged about six was in the second most serious group and the other he attempted to distribute was in the least serious category, she said.

The offences took place between January and July last year.

William Swalwell, defending, said that Elms, who has no previous convictions, had pleaded guilty. He has had a difficult childhood but has supportive family. Mr Swalwell said that Elms was his mother’s carer and she would be adversely affected if he lost his liberty.