Web designer jailed for global child pornography distribution

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A WEB designer who distributed child pornography across the world was jailed for two years at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

Owen Davies, who admitted that that he has a sexual interest in children, sent images of a teenage girl to Ireland, Norway, the USA and around the United Kingdom before he was caught.

Davies sent out the images to youngsters he contacted through chatlogs.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Davies sent indecent messages to the youngsters suggesting he was interested in sex.

But eventually he came to the attention of police after contacting a Scottish girl.

Mr Scott said that police in central Scotland tracked messages sent to the vulnerable girl and as a result officers from Lincolnshire raided Davies’ home in Grantham.

Computer equipment including a laptop was seized. 53 indecent images of children were found.

A number of images of one girl had been distributed to 12 different people via chatlogs.

Mr Scott said “He made extensive admissions. He said it was just his laptop that was used to surf the internet. He said most of the images on his computer were adult hard core but there were some of young girls. He explained he was particularly interested in girls aged between 13 and 16.

“He admitted he had an interest in young girls. He stated his fascination was more fantasy than real. He said it was just talk.”

Mr Scott said Davies had exposed himself to young girls on his webcam and persuaded young girls to expose themselves to him using the same medium.

Davies, 30, formerly of Grantham but now of Clarence Road, Chiswick, West London, admitted three charges of making indecent images of children, one charge of possession and 23 charges of distributing images. The offences took place between September and December 2009.

Judge Michael Heath placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and banned Davies from working with children for life.

The judge told Davies “You admitted to the police and in the pre-sentenced report to having a sexual interest in children. The only sentence I can justify is immediate custody.”

Christopher Milligan, defending, said that since the offences Davies has moved away from Lincolnshire and obtained a good job for himself as a web designer working in London.

“What he has done is to try and change his lifestyle and to break away from the clear problems which he has.”

Mr Milligan said Davies has a supportive family and his fiancee is standing by him despite her knowledge of his offences.