July 2023

Paedophile distributed sick abuse images of children as young five

A paedophile distributed video and images of child sexual abuse depicting children as young as five-years-old.

He was also found to have conversations with other depraved individuals in discussions about what he referred to as “young p****”.

Joshua Waldron, 29, was visited by police at his then home in Oakenholt, Flintshire, on May 13, 2021, after a report was made by Yahoo that the defendant was uploading child abuse images using his email address.

A number of electronic items were seized including an iPhone and a Samsung phone.

A sentencing hearing at Mold Crown Court on Wednesday heard the Samsung phone was found to contain a total of 58 category A images of child abuse, 39 category B images and 27 category C images.

Prosecutor Ember-Jane Wong said Waldron was found in possession of videos as well as the images, which showed children aged between five and 15-years-old being abused.

The defendant was also found to be using an app called Telegram in which engaged in conversations with other paedophiles and distributed a total of 29 category A images, nine category B images and 20 category C images.

Waldron, of no fixed abode, was interviewed by police and attempted to distance himself from the material on his device, even going as far to falsely implicate his ex partner and her brother.

This was dismissed by a jury who convicted him of three counts of possessing indecent images and three counts of distributing indecent images.

The court heard he had four previous convictions of a dissimilar nature, the latest of which was burglary

Recorder John Philpotts sentenced Waldron to a total of three years imprisonment.

The defendant was made subject to sex offender notification requirements for life and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.