Elliottown man guilty of child abuse images

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A CAERPHILLY admitted a series of offenses relating to sexual contact and images of children.

Jake Brooks, 26, of Jubilee Road, Elliotstown, admitted five counts at Cardiff Crown Court on August 3.

He was charged with one count of attempting to communicate with a child under 16 on October 19, 2021.

Prosecutor Nigel Fryer told the court how Brooks was in communication with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, but the girl was actually a decoy cop.

He said Brooks used the name “Brooksy” and displayed his age as 13. However, he told the “girl” he was 18 and continued to communicate with her after she told him she was 13.

According to Mr Fryer, one of the messages sent to the lure encouraged her to send nude photos and offered to “teach her some things”.

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“He bragged about teaching other young girls stuff.”

It was this contact that led Gwent police to visit the accused’s home on 24 November. He was warned and it was discovered on his phone and laptop that he had 95 indecent images and videos of children between the ages of six months and 13 years old.

He was charged with three counts of possession of indecent images, with one count each for category A, B and C media.

He also faced a charge of possessing extreme pornographic images involving an animal.

The prosecution said there were messages from a number of sites, including the Kik messaging app where Brooks requested pictures of girls.

Jeff Jones, defending, said the defendants’ mental health and ADHD were a factor and the defendant stopped messaging the decoy and did not respond when she tried to contact him further.

He also said his client made full identification of who he was on the sites, so there was no malicious intent.

His Honor Judge DJ Hale acknowledged how, during the period from his arrest in November 2021 to the current time, there had been no signs of a repeat offense and Brooks had complied with his bail conditions.

He said: “In 2021 you were clearly interested in watching images of children. You were chatting on foreign websites with people you perceived as children and this one, like most, was a police officer.

“This contact with this policeman was very brief. It was a very short conversation but with a girl you thought was 13.

“You don’t have to talk to a 13 year old.”

He told the defendant he did not believe he was a “lost cause” as it was his first offense apart from a warning in 2014 for an unrelated issue.

Brooks received a three-year community order and was made to sign the sex offender registry for five years and was placed on a sexual abuse prevention order for the same amount of time. He also had to pay a victim surcharge in court.

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