A LLANELLI man has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence after he admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
Joe Williams Lennon, aged 27, appeared before Swansea Crown Court on Tuesday, March 14, to be sentenced.
Lennon had created Snapchat and Instagram accounts but said he used these to communicate with friends and not with children.
There was no evidence of communication with any child but, in a pre-sentence report, Lennon had told a probation officer that he did use one of those accounts to send a sexual image to a female, whose age he did not know or ask for.
It was argued that an immediate prison term would not be beneficial as Lennon had said how ‘sorry’ he is and that he wants help.
The Judge agreed but said he would have some ‘very onerous burdens’ to follow.
She warned him that any breach or further offence would lead to him being sent to prison.
Lennon was given a sentence of 17 months in prison which will be suspended for two years.
There will also be a supervision order in which he will have to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and 50 days rehabilitation activity.
The Sexual Harm Prevention Order will also continue and Lennon will also have to pay a £156 victim surcharge.