November 2019

Father who had dozens of indecent images of children walked free from court 

A man who had dozens of indecent images of children has walked free from court 

Steven Wareham, of Carton Road, Mynydd Isa, previously pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children and one for possession of prohibited images.

Prosecuting Jemma Gordon told Mold Crown Court that on February 20 a search warrant was executed due to “intelligence received regarding internet activity”.

Wareham was at home with his wife and upon searching the address, a number of electronic devices were recovered.

On them were more than 30 images, one moving image and over 70 “unique files” all involving females aged between eight and 15.

The court heard how when he was first interviewed, he “made no comment and was remanded under investigation”.

His search history was “consistent with child sexual abuse”.

Wareham, who has no previous convictions was interviewed again and the court heard he “accepts the images and he watched the video” however, “maintains he did not have a sexual interest in children”.

Judge Niclas Parry said the case was aggravated due to it being over a period of “many years” and also included moving images.

Maximum credit was given to the early guilty plea and the “no suggestion of distribution”.

Judge Parry said: “You now realise that what you are viewing was for your own self-gratification, because this was for gratification.

“What you were viewing was what was actually happening to girls as young as eight.”

The court heard how Wareham was now a father to his own child and he has a “life ahead of him”.

Judge Parry added: “You are a man of good character. A new father of a weeks old baby.

“You now understand the implication of sexually abusing children.

“You are a father to a child of your own.

“You’re a young father with a life ahead of you. You have learnt your lesson.”

Wareham was given a two-year community order with a programme requirement of 26 sessions which would be an “intrusive and time demanding course”.

He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work for the community and a five-year sexual harm prevention order in which he is “not to have any device that can delete the history of use”.

Wareham was also ordered to pay a contribution towards the cost of £250 to be paid within three months.