August 2022: Now living in Totnes Bay, Isle of Wright

December 2003

High-flyer guilty of downloading child sexual abuse photos

A risk consultant who has worked for police, councils and health authorities was found with images of naked children as young as six at his North Wales home.

High-flyer Lawrence Edward Salvoni, of Llys y Nant, Pentre Halkyn, near Mold, was caught as part of Operation Ore after authorities in America closed down an Internet child sexual abuse images site named Landslide.

American agents found credit card payments from Salvoni to download indecent images on to his computer.

Mold Crown Court heard yesterday how the 55-year- old had been warned by Landslide the raid had taken place in America and he killed off the images.

But he later started up again, subscribing to another company.

North Wales Police visited his home in October last year and found 257 pseudo images of naked children in erotic poses which had been deleted but which were still on his hard-drive.

Salvoni -who runs a crisis and risk management company for companies and organisations in Britain, Europe and the Middle East -was said by the probation service to have learned his lesson.

But Judge Merfyn Hughes QC said he took the view it was a matter of concern that despite what he had done,he did not believe he had a problem.

The judge ordered that Salvoni should carry out unpaid work for a total of 100 hours under a community punishment order and pay pounds 750 costs.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the next five years.

The judge also ruled Salvoni should pay all of his defence costs.

Salvoni had changed his plea at an earlier hearing and admitted seven charges of possessing the indecent pseudo images, with 250 similar offences taken into consideration.

Judge Hughes said Salvoni had downloaded the images over a period of about three and a half years from May 1999 to October 2002 after subscribing on two occasions to sites which provided the service to him.

`You know that these matters are regarded as particularly serious,” the judge told him.

`In my judgement, the recommendation of a conditional discharge by the probation service is inappropriate,” the judge said.