Man facing prison over indecent pictures of boys

By Chris Willmott 09/03 Updated: 16/03 15:02

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A BALSALL Common man is facing a prison sentence for selling indecent pictures of boys in what his barrister has described as ‘a very unusual case.’

Dorian Cowland pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to possessing 1,000 indecent photographs of children in October 2010 with a view to distributing them.

Cowland (62) of Kelsey Lane, Balsall Common, also admitted ten charges of distributing portfolios of indecent images to ten named men on various dates between March and October 2010.

All the pictures in the case were said to be of ‘level one,’ which is the lowest level of seriousness on a scale set out by the Court of Appeal.

That level of image is defined as showing children in indecent poses, but without any sexual activity.

Prosecutor Richard Franck said a total of 23,000 images were found on Cowland’s website, ‘of which ten to 15 per cent were indecent images of level one.’

Although the charges Cowland admitted were ‘specimens’ of a course of conduct, Mr Franck said there were other matters which needed further investigation – as a result of which it was possible Cowland would ask for ten more offences to be taken into consideration.

Asking for the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Cowland, his barrister Kristina Montgomery commented: “This is a very unusual case.”

She pointed out: “What is not apparent on the indictment is that all of the images depict clothed children; it is their posing which makes them indecent, and there are none which are not level one.

“The website on which they are being sold comes with a headline which says ‘there are no nude images available for purchase on this website,’” Miss Montgomery added.

Cowland has a previous conviction for indecently assaulting a ten-year-old boy and taking indecent photographs of him, for which he was jailed for four years at Bristol Crown Court in 1988.

But Judge Marten Coates said that because the maximum sentence for Cowland’s latest offences is ten years, the judge who sentences him will not be able to pass an indeterminate sentence for the public protection.

He adjourned the case for the pre-sentence report to be prepared, and ordered Cowland register as a sex offender.

Cowland was granted bail with conditions that he does not access the internet by any means, has no unsupervised contact with any child, and does not do any work or unpaid work which could bring him into contact with children.

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