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AWEBCAM per­vert who had a “de­praved and

highly dis­turb­ing” sex­ual in­ter­est in chil­dren has been put be­hind bars.

Daniel Owen car­ried out re­volt­ing acts cam­era in front of

The 23 re­ceived on chil­dren.

year-old also child abuse im­ages, in­clud­ing videos de­scribed as the most “dis­turb­ing” avail­able.

More than 36,000 illegal im­ages were dis­cov­ered by po­lice when searched his home Oc­to­ber.

Judge Huw Rees said one showed the “sadis­tic, vi­o­lent and sex­ual tor­ture” of a tod­dler and the “very ex­is­tence” of the footage was “be­yond words”.

Owen of Penysarn Fawr, Penysarn, An­gle­sey, had worked on a car­a­van site and was de­scribed as a loner.

He had early ex­pe­ri­ence of ex­pos­ing him­self to adults on the in­ter­net, Caernar­fon Crown Court was told.

“You don’t suf­fer any sig­nif­i­cant mental ill­ness,” Judge Rees told him.

“How­ever, the psy­chi­a­trist says you were so­cially iso­lated.”

The judge said Owen’s guilty pleas to se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fences in­volv­ing chil­dren un­der­lined his “de­viant and well-em­bed­ded sex­ual in­ter­est in chil­dren.”

De­fence bar­ris­ter Elen Owen said his of­fend­ing was cam­era to cam­era and he had stored ma­te­rial.

None of the chil­dren who fea­tured in the im­ages and videos had been iden­ti­fied and as­sess­ing their ex­act ages was extremely dif­fi­cult, she added.

Coun­sel said Owen had been “to­tally frank” and re­lieved when he was caught.

“In his case there’s a real pos­si­bil­ity with ex­pert treat­ment his risk to chil­dren could be con­trolled they last and less­ened,” she added.

Mr Roberts said: “A pre­view in­di­cated a sub­stan­tial num­ber con­tained in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.”

Owen of­fences.

They in­cluded caus­ing a child to watch a sex­ual act and to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity and mak­ing in­de­cent im­ages of young­sters.

The pros­e­cu­tor said Owen told po­lice he had ob­tained in­de­cent im­ages from the “dark web” and had de­stroyed a hard drive con­tain­ing filth be­cause he knew it was wrong. He’d also used a video chat app.

In one recorded on­line con­ver­sa­tion he had been bare-chested and in touch with two boys, and a girl aged about six.

On an­other oc­ca­sion, a girl of 13 told him after she wit­nessed him per­form­ing a dis­gust­ing act: “Oh my God, that’s go­ing to scar me for life.”

Dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing last Thurs­day, Owen was jailed for six years and two months.

He will be re­ferred to the Pa­role Board for con­sid­er­a­tion of his re­lease when he has served two-thirds of his sen­tence, but his li­cence pe­riod was ex­tended three years.

He must regis­ter as a sex of­fender for life and a sex­ual harm preven­tion or­der was im­posed on him. ad­mit­ted by 13

■ Daniel Owen, 23, of Penysarn Fawr, Penysarn, An­gle­sey

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