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Trainee primary school teacher, 22, had 1,400 indecent children pictures on computer

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

Jolan Hall was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court

TRAINEE primary school teacher, Jolan Hall will have to find a new career after 1,400 indecent images of children were found on his computer.

The 22-year-old was said to be deeply embarrassed when police raised his student flat in Cardiff and found the images.

Gloucester Crown Court heard Hall, of Upper Common, Aylburton, was completing his degree in primary education at the University of Wales when he was caught.

He admitted 10 counts of making indecent images of children and two charges of distributing them.

Prosecutor Nick O’Brien said he was supplying them to others on a non-commercial basis to people who had given him similar images.

He said: “The matter that would cause the public most concern is at the moment of his arrest he was training in Cardiff as a primary school teacher.

“A search of his room was carried out and his lap top was seized.

“It showed he had been communicating with a number of people.

“He was cooperative with police and he gave them his password.”

The court was told Hall had 925 of the least serious images, but 11 of the worst.

Defending, Joe Maloney said Hall had hoped to become a teacher and had a degree in primary education.

Judge William Hart said that would never happen now.

Mr Maloney said: “He is 22 and he has never been in trouble before.

“There became a police descent on him in lodgings that he shared with others at university – it was particularly embarrassing for him.

“He has been open about his thoughts and he recognises that he has issues that need addressing.”

Hall was sentenced for a two year community order with supervision and will have to attend the Thames Valley Sexual Offenders Programme.

He was ordered to sign the sexual offenders’ registers and was made subject to a sexual offenders’ prevention order for five years.

Judge Hart said: “I regard this as both a serious and sad case.

“Serious because it involved you making or downloading from the internet and you have shared these images with other, like-minded people.

“The Thames Valley Sexual Offenders Programme is very intensive. It makes people face up to the reality of what they have done and it does in many cases have some positive outcomes.”

He told Hall: “I bear in mind you are only 22 and you were training to be a teacher.

“There is no indication that that was to give you access to children for unlawful purposes, but you have dashed any such hope of that career.

“Your studies and degree have all been rendered null and void.

“I think you are capable of staying out of trouble.”

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