Indecent images man 'in fear' after internet campaign
A MAN who escaped a jail sentence after being found with hundreds of indecent images of children has claimed he is living in fear after an internet campaign was set up to "expose" him.
Timothy Peter Mort, 35, formerly of Sandy Road in Llanelli, appeared at Swansea Crown Court in August and admitted 16 charges of making indecent photographs — and another charge of possessing 307 indecent images at Swansea Crown Court.
But while judge Peter Heywood told him he could have faced up to 18 months in prison for the charges, he instead imposed a three-year community order, believing Mr Mort would be able to address his problems in a more "constructive" way outside of prison.
Now Mr Mort has hit out at the creator of a Facebook page set up to expose his crime, claiming it has put his and his mother's safety at risk.
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The page "Expose child offenders and make parents aware of who they are" was set up earlier this month, bearing the description: "Timothy Mort from Llanelli, convicted in August last year as a child sex offender but has been covering it up so nobody knows, everyone should know about this".
A letter from Mr Mort has been sent to the site's creator Anna Winstone threatening legal action and calling for it to be taken down — but it remained up and running yesterday afternoon.
In the letter, which was featured on the page, Mr Mort said: "Not only are you spreading lies about me, but due to the content, I am now living in fear of my safety.
"I am also concerned as to the effect of your actions on the health and wellbeing of my mother.
"You have wilfully and with malice put both my life and that of my mother at risk.
"You have made no attempt to discover the truth but have accused me of imaginary crimes which bear no resemblance to the facts."
Responding to the letter via the Facebook group, Mrs Winstone said: "He needs a hard knock down to reality because he has pleaded guilty to the charges, he admitted having the images so how we are spreading lies I really don't know.
"Timothy Mort you will be known for what you have done, you victimised those children for your own personal sick games which is lower then a worm's stomach."
More than 1,100 people have so far liked the page.
In one post, the creator's husband David Winstone stressed that it wasn't a "hate page".
In a message directed at Mr Mort, he wrote: "I don't think it's a safety issue as it's letting people know what you are, not gathering gangs to attack you."
He said the police had been in touch with the couple, but that the page would not be coming down.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "We are not able to comment on individual cases.
"However, the public can be reassured that stringent procedures for dealing with sex offenders are in place and adhered to by South Wales Police.
"Maximising public safety is a priority, therefore risk assessments and visits form part of their management in the community."
Mr Mort could not be contacted for further comment.