Photographer jailed

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Photographer jailed

A photographer from Manea has been jailed for three years and four months after he assaulted a young vulnerable girl and took an indecent picture of her.

40 year old Brian Claassen of Valentine Close in Manea admitted the offences which took place at his photography studio, Lifestyle Portraits Limited in the Brunel Shopping Centre in Swindon in June last year.

He also pleaded guilty to charges of possessing a number of indecent images of children.

All pleas were made at earlier hearings at Portsmouth Crown Court.

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Claasson took advantage of a vulnerable young girl for his own sexual gratification and the impact of his actions on her emotional wellbeing is likely to be severe. We hope she receives appropriate support to recover.

“He also amassed a collection of online videos of child abuse, in which youngsters suffer horrendously for this vile trade in indecent images.

“In order to stem the tide of child abuse images online, the NSPCC is calling for every police force in the UK to have a specialist digital child abuse unit trained to deal with online offences against children and for web providers to do far more to prevent this sickening material from being available on their platforms to abusers like Claasson.”

Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline for free 24/7 on 0808 800 5000. Meanwhile, children can call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

 

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