Local News & Archive — July 1, 2016 at 10:37 am — Updated: July 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

Rhyl man avoids jail term over child abuse images

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A man with mental health problems has walked free from court after he admitted making and possessing child pornography.

A judge ordered that Lee Hodson of Rhyl should be treated for psychiatric issues as part of a two year community order – he was also registered as a sex offender for five years.

The 33 year-old pleaded guilty to five counts of producing indecent photos and movies, two of possession and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image. The material was seized after a raid on his home at Merfyn Way in June last year.

Hodson had told police he had searched for indecent material and had file sharing software. The movies were classified under the serious category A – and were stored in a folder so they could be seen again.

His defence said he had been suffering from agoraphobia and a compulsive disorder, but he had no previous conviction and the charges had been lingering for a long time through no fault of his own.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told Hodson that a community order with assistance would be better for the community than a short jail sentence where no work would be done.



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