Man avoids jail after police found child porn films

By Cambrian News reporter in Law

AN Aberystwyth man found with indecent films depicting sex offences against children has lost his job and is planning to leave the town, a judge heard.

Salvatore Catalano, 35, “had had problems in the area” since news of his prosecution had emerged in the Cambrian News, the court was told.

Catalano, of Pier Street, admitted possessing 32 films depicting sex offences against children, 15 of them in the most serious category A. One featured a child aged about three being sexually abused.

Ian Ibrahim, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how police officers raided Catalano’s flat while he was on holiday last year and took away several items of computer equipment.

By the time he returned an expert had found the films stored in a file protected by a password.

After his arrest Catalano said he turned to child pornography after his sexual relationship with his partner declined.

Paul Hobson, representing Catalano, said the films had been downloaded in 2012 while he had been living in Poland.

Since his arrest he had lost his job, said Mr Hobson, and wanted to move away.

The judge, Mr Recorder Chris Clee, warned Catalano he could have no complaint if he sent him to prison immediately.

Some of the girls shown in the films appeared to be particularly young, one as young as two to four years old.

Catalano was jailed for 10 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to undertake 60 days of a rehabilitation programme to be devised by the probation service.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid for the community and register with the police as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

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