A 73-YEAR-OLD pensioner who pleaded guilty to possessing around 2,000 indecent photographs of a child has been jailed.
Among the images, 46 belonged to the most severe category A.
Terence Donovan has been charged with child voyeurism in addition to possessing 680 serious pornographic photographs of a woman having sex with a dog.
At today’s sentencing hearing at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters expressed his failure to understand how Donovan and others like him are able to watch young children being sexually abused from such a serious and sexually explicit way.
“You considered child abuse by adults in the most serious category,” Judge Walters said.
“We often forget the fact that they are not actors, they are not graphic designers, but real children.
It is almost impossible for me to understand how a man can see children being abused in this way.
The court was told that in April 2019 officers raided Donovan’s trailer in Tenby after receiving a tip from the victim. During the raid, officers found and seized a number of photo CDs.
Upon further investigation, the discs were found to contain 680 extreme animal porn photos, 52 category B photographs, 1,205 category C images and 46 category A images, all of which represented children.
They also found footage of a youngster being filmed taking a shower through a peephole that the accused had purposely installed in a wall. This material was found in the possession of the accused. The crimes were committed between the years 2002 and 2018.
Donovan entered a guilty plea to each of the five offences.
The victim said the manner in which she was assaulted by Donovan “broke me to pieces” in an impact statement that was read aloud in court.
“It took me a long time to feel like I wasn’t being watched,” she said.
“I feel a sense of relief knowing that he has finally admitted to these lewd acts.
“He had hundreds and thousands of images and something needs to be done to protect women and children from having to go through what I have.
Donovan was sentenced to an eighteen month prison term.
Judge Geraint Walters said: ‘I am not at all satisfied that you showed any contrition for what you did… all you cared about was your daily satisfaction.’