A MID Wales man has been placed on the sex register for five years after he admitted making one indecent image of a child and distributing another.

Defendant William Edward Seaston, 66, of Oldford, Welshpool, was made the subject of a five year sexual offences prevention order.

At Mold Crown Court, he was placed on a three year community order, with 40 days rehabilitation, and he was sent on a programme named Horizon.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said that the offences came to light 15 months ago when the police took possession of his mobile phone.

An investigation into the activities of a another man revealed that Seaston had sent him a category C image.

Police then found a more serious category A image on his mobile phone.

The number of images was two which was far less then was normally seen in the crown court, he said.

But they remained "serious and disturbing offences" made worse by the fact that he had repeatedly lied to the author of his pre-sentence report about his motivation.

They were aggravated by the young age of the children involved and the appalling nature of the category A image.

His web history showed an individual with a sexual interest in children, the judge said.

The judge said that he took into account that the defendant suffered from ill-health.

Prosecuting barrister Jo Maxwell told how the defendant admitted that he had sent an image during a fantasy chat but denied having an interest in under aged children.

Defending barrister Jonathan Austin said that the defendant was awaiting treatment for tumours in his throat.

He worked as a driver but was signed off by his GP.

Mr Austin said that his client was "embarrassed and ashamed" to have got involved in the offences.

He was a low risk of re-offending and was suitable for intervention by the probation service and to take part in a programme aimed at confronting his behaviour and making sure that it did not happen again.

Seaston admitted at an earlier hearing making by downloading the category A photo of a child aged between eight and ten in November 2018, and distributing a class C image of a child aged between four and six in September 2017.