Suspended sentence for web camera 'exhibitionist'

A man performed indecent acts on a web camera on social media believing that young girls were watching.

Shrewsbury Crown Court, where Daniel Morris was sentenced
Shrewsbury Crown Court, where Daniel Morris was sentenced

Daniel Morris, 27, of Horsebridge, Minsterley, told those in the ‘chat room’ he was a teenager, Shrewsbury Crown Court heard.

Morris was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, for three charges of attempting to engage in sexual acts in the presence of a child and one of possessing extreme pornography.

He admitted the charges at an earlier hearing.

Judge Jim Tindall said Morris’s he did not see him as a sexual predator but someone whose actions ranged from unsavoury to rather pathetic.

“You should be completely and utterly embarrassed for behaving as you did with people who called themselves 15-year-old girls,” he said.

Mr Benjamin Lawrence, prosecuting, said it could not be proven the people involved had been young girls but Morris could not know they were not who they said they were.

“When they said their age he also gave his age as a young person,” Mr Lawrence said.

Mr Paul Smith for Morris, said his client had never made any suggestions of meeting up with anyone that he chatted to on social media.

“It was sexual exhibitionism,” he said.

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