Man guilty of sex­ual im­ages of girls aged 14

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Richard Mills Se­nior re­porter 01225 322235 richard.mills@reach­plc.com

A Bath man has ad­mit­ted ask­ing 14-year-old girls to send him ex­plicit pho­to­graphs and videos of them­selves, a court heard. Christo­pher Wil­liams, of Black­more Drive, pleaded guilty to dis­tribut­ing an in­de­cent pho­to­graph of a child, three counts of mak­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of a child (which means down­load­ing) and two counts of at­tempt­ing to en­gage in sex­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion with a child. The 26-year-old ap­peared at Bath Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31, to hear the charges against him, all of which took place be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2017, and Jan­uary 23, 2018. One of the six charges stated that on Jan­uary 15, 2018, for the pur­pose of ob­tain­ing sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion, Wil­liams in­ten­tion­ally at­tempted to com­mu­ni­cate with a girl who said she was 14-years-old. The charge also stated how he sent her ex­plicit pho­tos and videos of him­self and en­cour­aged her to send in­de­cent pho­tos and videos of her­self too, which she then did, while us­ing sex­ual lan­guage through­out the con­ver­sa­tion. An­other charge stated be­tween Jan­uary 17-20, 2018, he re­peat­edly asked an­other 14-year-old to send pho­tos of her­self to him and re­peat­edly asked to show her his pri­vate parts while us­ing sex­ual lan­guage through­out the con­ver­sa­tion. Wil­liams ad­mit­ted to mak­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of a child be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2017, and Jan­uary 23, 2018. The charge stated that this in­cluded three Cat­e­gory A im­ages, which in­volves pen­e­tra­tive sex­ual ac­tiv­ity or sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, of a child. ‘Mak­ing’ in such cases gen­er­ally refers to a new file be­ing cre­ated by down­load­ing it from the in­ter­net. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, Wil­liams made 13 in­de­cent cat­e­gory B im­ages, ones in­volv­ing non-pen­e­tra­tive sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, of a child and 34 more cat­e­gory C im­ages, in­de­cent im­ages, of a child. Fi­nally, he ad­mit­ted to dis­tribut­ing an in­de­cent pho­to­graph of a child, namely two cat­e­gory C im­ages, on Jan­uary 22, 2018. The charge stated he dis­trib­uted two cat­e­gory C im­ages, which is clas­si­fied as im­ages of chil­dren in erotic poses. Wil­liams is now on un­con­di­tional bail and will ap­pear at Bris­tol Crown Court on Novem­ber 30.

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