July 14, 2008

Man Had Indecent Images of Children

By Ross McCarthy

THE former partner of an unemployed Birmingham man discovered he had indecent images of children on his computer after visiting his home.

James Ansell, 32, of Lyall Gardens, Rubery, who admitted eight charges of making indecent images and one of possessing them, was sentenced to a three-year community order and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Alistair Redford, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said Ansell had a previous conviction for possessing child pornography when he was jailed for eight months after his ex-partner found pictures on his computer.

After serving his sentence he was allowed supervised access to his two young children.

In December 2006 his former partner and the children came to his home, the court was told.

While Ansell was out of the house she again discovered obscene pictures on his computer after one of the children accidentally opened up an image. The woman later reported the matter to the police.

Officers who subsequently seized Ansell's computer found it contained 51 indecent photos of children and also a CD Rom which had 12 images.

Graham Henson, defending, said that Ansell now recognised he had a problem and that he needed help.

He said his previous conviction had involved a much greater number of photos.

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