Stowmarket: Scout assistant admits child porn and assault charges

STOWMARKET: A Suffolk scout troop assistant is due to be sentenced next month after admitting child pornography offences and assaulting three children.

Ryan Jameson, of Hall Road, Stowmarket pleaded guilty to five charges when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

The 21-year-old was warned by Judge David Goodin that all sentencing options would be considered.

Jameson pleaded guilty to making indecent images of a child on, or before, December 15, 2009. He also admitted to possessing indecent photographs of a child relating to the same date.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, told the court 25 of the images were at level five, the most serious grading for child pornography, and five were at level one, the least serious.


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There was also one moving image at level five.

Images were also found during the police investigation showing children who were bound and gagged, Mr Crimp added.

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Jameson also admitted assaulting three youngsters aged under 16.

The first offence occurred between December 27, 2008 and February, 8, 2009.

The second happened between October 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009.

The final assault occurred between May 19, 2008 and December 31, 2008.

Jameson denied a further charge of false imprisonment, which was left to lie on file.

Stephen Dyble, representing Jameson, told the court his client was being supported by his family who had come to court with him.

Mr Dyble also said Jameson has a medical condition and problems associated with it.

He told the court part of the condition resulted in emotional and behavioural issues.

Mr Dyble added those with the illness suffered from low self-esteem, and it may cause them to be withdrawn and disruptive.

They also suffer socially and often seek out the company of people younger than themselves.

Adjourning the case for sentencing Judge Goodin said Jameson had never been in trouble before.

However he added: “You are in some trouble now. It’s right that all sentencing options be explored – all of them – including any intervention that might assist you in removing this unpleasantness from your life.”

Jameson was released on unconditional bail until his sentencing, which will not take place before January 17.

After Jameson’s hearing Simon Carter, spokesman for the Scout Association, said: “The Scout Association is aware that Ryan Jameson has pleaded guilty in court today to a number of offences.

“The Scout Association has co-operated fully with the statutory authorities during this investigation and action was taken to suspend Jameson’s involvement with the Movement as soon as we were made aware of the charges made against him.”

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