Wrexham man jailed for possessing child porn and historic sex offences

Published July 31, 2013 by JS2

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A JOINER who admitted historic sex abuse of a child was “racked by guilt”, his barrister told a court.

Kenneth Edward Pugh, 65, of Holyrood Crescent, Rhosddu, Wrexham, was “haunted” by what by he had done and prepared to work with agencies to try to understand why he had done it, defence barrister John Wyn Williams said.

Pugh also admitted possessing pornographic images and films of children and extreme images depicting sex between animals and humans.

He was jailed for 18 months and placed on the sex register for a decade at Mold Crown Court yesterday.

A 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order was also made to curb his illegal use of the internet in future.

Judge Niclas Parry told him the aggravating features of the case were obvious as they involved the historic abuse of a very young child, including various sexual acts.

The images offences were also serious.

“You need to realise that what you were viewing was actually happening to young children,” the judge told Pugh.

There were a large number of images at the most serious levels. “This is a serious example of this kind of offending,” the judge said.

But there was substantial mitigation, he admitted all offences. Pugh was genuinely contrite and he accepted the defence submission that “he was genuinely a man racked by guilt” and was “haunted by what he had done”.

Pugh pleaded guilty to seven charges of indecent assault going back to the 1980s.

A charge of raping a girl under 16 in the early 1990s was dropped by the prosecution. Pugh also admitted 11 charges of making indecent images of children, possessing images including extreme images.

Simon Mills, prosecuting, said in February police executed a search warrant and seized his computer and other equipment.

At that stage Pugh said he had been looking for indecent images of children, not because he was sexually attracted to children but because he was curious.

He said he had “moved on” from indecent images of children to those involving animals.

A few weeks later a complaint was received from a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted by him when younger.

In total there were 8,962 indecent still images and 184 videos involving children from the age of one to 13. Police found 288 images and seven movies of extreme porn involving people, including children, and animals.

It was clear he had used search terms such as “child sex”.

Mr Williams said his client was haunted by what he had done, was racked by guilt and did not understand why he had done it.

He had admitted the images offences before the police found them on his computer. He had also admitted the sexual offences at a very early stage.

Pugh, who suffered from a heart condition, did not seek to minimise or distance himself from what he had done.

The images were disgusting and at a level that put them among the worst kind available. He had been under pressure but that was no excuse, his barrister said.

The judge said he had taken into account Pugh’s age, health and good character.

 

The Leader

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