Today [Friday 12 March], the Royal Court sentenced 53 year old Ian Martyn Le Gallais to two and a half years in prison and placed him on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years for six counts of the possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
Le Gallais was initially arrested in April 2020 and an investigation revealed 893 indecent images of children on his various devices, with 377 of those images being classed as category A, the most serious degree. He was charged in September with six offences under the Protection of children (Jersey) Law and pleaded guilty in January 2021, where he was remanded in custody.
The viewing and making of indecent images causes real harm to real children. It creates a market and demand for these types of pictures so leads to further abuse. It is far from a victimless crime, the children in the pictures are real children, who suffer real harm. The States of Jersey Police are committed to catching those who offend in this way and ensuring that they are put before the courts.
Anyone who has concerns about suspected Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation can contact the MASH on 519000 or the Public Protection Unit at Police Headquarters via 612612. Dewberry House can be contacted on 888222.
The exact charges were:
6 counts of Article 2(1)(a) - Protection of Children (Jersey) Law 1994 - Take/permit/make indecent/pseudo photograph image of child
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