Ex-soldier spared jail sen­tence

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - BY TOM DAVID­SON

AN armed forces vet­eran who down­loaded more than 5,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren has been spared jail.

Shaun David Un­der­hill, 43, served in the armed forces for 14 years and was caught by po­lice with 5,881 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren in­clud­ing 453 in Cat­e­gory A, the most ob­scene.

Un­der­hill, of Berry Street, Conwy was ar­rested on June 17 2013 fol­low­ing a re­port to po­lice by his part­ner at the time, who orig­i­nally thought Un­der­hill was hav­ing an af­fair due to his se­cre­tive an sus­pi­cious na­ture.

North Wales Po­lice searched his com­put­ers and found the cache of illegal con­tent in­clud­ing 65 videos, 44 of them in Cat­e­gory A.

The vet­eran pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren at an ear­lier hear­ing at Caernar­fon Crown Court.

Dafydd Roberts, de­fend­ing, said Un­der­hill had served his coun­try with dis­tinc­tion for 14 years but had strug­gled to ad­just to civil­ian life and suf­fered from post trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

He said: “He has al­ways shown full re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions and since his ar­rest there has been no rep­e­ti­tion of this be­hav­iour.

“He him­self was sex­u­ally abused as a child and that clearly has caused dam­age to him and dam­age to the way he thinks about chil­dren.

“That needs to be dealt with in a struc­tured way.”

Sen­tenc­ing Un­der­hill to 12 months in prison, sus­pended for two years, His Hon­our Judge Burr stressed for the de­fen­dant to un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness of down­load­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

He said: “These photos rep­re­sent the ac­tual abuse of the chil­dren.

“They demon­strate the evil of the prac­tice. You down­loaded these for a par­tic­u­lar rea­son.”

The Judge added: “It’s quite clear since the time of our ar­rest you have taken steps to en­sure there is no fur­ther ac­cess to these im­ages.”

Un­der­hill will be on the sex of­fend­ers register for 10 years and will un­dergo an in­ter­net sex of­fend­ers treat­ment pro­gramme.

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