May 2022

Sex offender jailed for having thousands of images of ‘cartoon porn’ on laptop

A man had more than 4,000 images of “cartoon porn” which he claimed was almost indistinguishable from the real thing. But police were onto to Alwyn Williams and arrested him at his workplace.

Williams, 52, of Waunfawr, admitted possessing a prohibited image of a child and making an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child in Category A (most serious), Category B and Category C. He was jailed for two years.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard he had already been prohibited from possessing certain images from previous offending.

But prosecutor Karl Scholtz said that officers acting on intelligence that the defendant had downloaded prohibited images went to his home on May 12 last year. They arrested him outside his workplace later that day.

His mobile phone, laptop and charger were seized. When asked about his activity, he told police in an interview that he had been typing “cartoon porn” into his laptop.

Mr Scholz said that Williams said some of the images were so realistic that “it was difficult to tell that they were simply, what he called, cartoons”. The court heard Williams insisted he had “shredded” such images after use, but Mr Scholz said that wasn’t true because police found 4,225 images on his laptop.

Williams told police he had been searching illicit sites for a year and he would get a “buzz” if they were subsequently shut down.

He had also accessed extreme pornography involving animals out of “curiosity”. He said it was something similar to being addicted to alcohol or drugs.

The judge Her Honour Nicola Saffman told Williams that children are “tortured, raped and sexually abused” to provide indecent images, adding: “These are not victimless crimes.”

She jailed the defendant for two years for making an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child of Category A images, with one year and four month terms of imprisonment for doing so for Category B and C images respectively, with both terms to run concurrently.

For possessing the prohibited images, Williams got a 12-month jail term, which will also run concurrently. He also has a sexual harm prevention order, controlling his access to children among other measures, for ten years.