June 2022

Newtown man who had child images and underwear spared jail

A Newtown man has avoided going to prison after admitting possessing indecent images of children and extreme animal porn.

Police officers found two iPhones and a black HP laptop containing dozens of images, and children’s underwear when they searched Dylan Sutton’s room in April.

The vulnerable 19-year-old later told police officers that he found the underwear and “didn’t realise they were children’s when he kept them”.

Magistrates imposed a three-year high-level community order and a five-year sexual harm prevention order for five sexual offences when Sutton was sentenced at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

They included 10 category A moving images of a child – the most serious category of image – three category B still images, four category C still images and two category C moving images.

Rebecca Klug, chair, told Sutton: “You have been dealt with for sex offences and it is necessary to protect the public from you.

“If you had been older at the time or had previous convictions this would have crossed the custody threshold.”

Helen Tench, prosecuting, said Sutton told police officers during an interview that he had looked at the extreme animal pornography and “knew it was illegal, but he was curious”.

Magistrates ordered Sutton, of Fern Square, Newtown, to complete 50 rehabilitation requirement days as part of his high-level community order, and 250 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.