A LLANDYSUL man said to be in ‘complete denial’ about his interest in child pornography has been jailed today (Mar 10) for 36 weeks.
Sean Phillip Souter, aged 32, had admitted three offences of making indecent pictures of children between September, 2014 and January, 2016 — 261 in the most serious category A, 129 in category B and 546 in category C.
Souter also admitted possessing two extremely pornographic images in that they depicted people engaging in sexual intercourse with animals.
But after a judge postponed sentencing so that a probation officer could prepare a report into his offending he reverted back to denying any responsibility.
Craig Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how police executed a search warrant at Souter’s home in Llandysul.
The semi-detached property appeared to be unoccupied but police took away several computers and mobile telephones.
Experts were able to detect that Souter had used specialised software to search the internet for child pornography, using search terms such as “pre-teens, baby, toddler, child and paedo.”
After his arrest Souter told police he had not lived there for two months and that others had had access to the property.
But he finally entered pleas of guilty.
His barrister, Paul Hobson, told the court: ”He still denies the offences, even though he has pleaded guilty to them.”
Judge Paul Thomas told Souter he was not willing to acknowledge ‘the blindingly obvious’ and accept that he gained sexual gratification from viewing indecent images of children.
“You make it impossible for others to help you and will always have this problem until you acknowledge it.
“You knew perfectly well what you were looking for and used specialist software to find it.”
Judge Thomas said category A images included photographs of real children being raped and Souter had been found in possession of a relatively high number of them.
Souter was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for the next 10 years.