August 2010

Man admits taking sexy photos of teen

A Chilcompton man who took sexy photographs of a teenage girl to help launch her modelling career has been sentenced to an 18-month community order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Dale Witts, 37, of Wells Road, Chilcompton, took three pictures on a camera phone because the girl was putting together a portfolio to send to a modelling agency, Taunton Crown Court was told.

He destroyed them almost immediately without anyone else seeing them, but later admitted taking indecent photographs of a child.

Judge Ewan Ambrose said the girl had asked for his help and was a willing participant in the photo-shoot, but that was of relatively small consequence because of her age.

In the context of indecent images of children, they were at the “least offensive end of the spectrum” and there was no suggestion that there was anything more to the offence.

“You have never been in any sort of trouble before and it’s said you will not be back in court again and I’m inclined to think that’s correct,” the judge added. “You pleaded guilty and were entirely frank with the police from the word go”.

Witts was sentenced to a community order with 18 months supervision and 120 hours unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £600 towards prosecution costs of £1,150.

The girl cannot be identified for legal reasons.