Judge rules that locking up a child porn holder is a danger to society

Jason Fairfax admits having child porn images on his computer
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

Sex offenser Jason Fairfax, 35, of Bargoed, south Wales, was not jailed because, “Locking him up could be more dangerous to society in the long term, and the protection of the public must be of paramount concern to the court,” said Judge David Wyn Morgan at the sentencing.

Fairfax is a sex offender after he pleaded guilty to downloading more than 2,600 child porn images.

His Lawyrer Andrew Jones told the court that his client had only accessed the images when he was severely depressed. “The cause of my clients depression had been due to the his difficulty in coming to terms with his sexuality,” said Jones. He also argued that Fairfax had not distributed the child porn and he had no previous convictions.

Judge Morgan decided not to send the pedophile to jail instead the judge sent Fairfax to a sex offender’s treatment program for three years. He will also have to be registered as a sex offender, but only for five year.

Furthermore, Fairfax is not allowed to have any contact with any children under the age of 16, either in person, on the telephone, or via the internet. The judge however ruled that he could have contact with young kids if he has the approval of their parents.

Instead of sending Faifax to jail where he belongs, Judge Morgan came up with another “punishment” for the defendant. Fairfax is banned from deleting the browsing history on his computer as well as erasing any images from his digital camera or camera phone without permission from the police. “This is not a soft option. It is a particularly difficult one,” said Judge Morgan.

“Should you fail to comply with any of the court’s orders then you will wind up in custody”, the judge told Fairfax.

Lawyer Andrew Jones said that his client was deeply ashamed of his actions, “But my client had only accessed the images when he was suffering with severe depression.”