North East Wales

1,000 child images man James Wooding spared jail

A man with learning difficulties who was struggling with his own sexuality had more than 1,000 images of child sex abuse on his laptop, a court heard.

James Wooding's email address was found on a website being probed by the Metropolitan Police's child abuse investigation unit.

Mold Crown Court heard 1,020 images of boys aged five and 13 were on his laptop and all but 12 had been deleted.

Wooding, 23, from Wrexham, admitted 14 charges of possessing indecent images.

The images he had downloaded related to the sexual abuse of boys which was classed as level four - one below the most serious level.

Paul Smith defending, said that while more than 1,000 images were recovered, many were repeats and there were 350 unique images, and Wooding was sorry what what he had done.

Wooding was ordered to register as a sex offender for five years and a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) was made to curb his activities on the internet in future.

Mr Recorder John Jenkins QC said: "This will help you get your life back on track."