Man who got ‘buzzed’ over child sex abuse images sentenced

A ‘nice guy’ was a completely different character ‘behind the scenes’, a judge said.

Jone Tava has confessed to getting a ‘buzz’ from watching pictures and videos of children as young as eight being raped by older men.

Suspending his prison sentence for two years, a judge told the unemployed 26-year-old that “behind the scenes” he was far from the “nice guy” praised in a series of character references.

Having developed an interest in adult pornography, the Oxford man Tava began watching material showing the sexual abuse of underage children, the Crown Court heard.

He told detectives after his arrest in June 2020 that he felt a ‘hum of excitement’ over the indecent footage ‘because he knew he was doing something he shouldn’t be doing’, a summed up prosecutor Robert Lindsey.

Tava reportedly stared at the images for two years, viewing them on Twitter and blog site Tumblr.

A number of devices seized from his home in June had been analyzed. They contained 280 indecent images in the worst category, A, and included boys aged 8 to 12 being raped. It had 262 category B images and 740 category C images.

Tava, of Wytham View, Oxford, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three counts of making – or possessing – indecent images of children.

Sentencing him to 12 months suspended for two years, Judge Nigel Daly said: “You downloaded illegal images of children. I can only assume it’s for sexual purposes.

“As you have probably gathered, each of these images is an image of a real child and there is evidence that these children are subjected to significant abuse; not only sexual abuse but also physical abuse. This is the reality behind these kinds of images; somewhere, sometimes, it really happened to these children.

“You are a man of good character. You have lost that good character.

“I’ve read a number of references that talk about your good character and the nice guy you are.

“Well, behind the scenes, you weren’t a nice guy, as you know, and now it’s all out in the open.”

Mitigating, Angela Porter asked the judge to bear in mind that her client had no previous convictions and had made a full confession at the very first opportunity. Tava was not currently working and living at home with her parents.

The defendant was given a 10-year sexual abuse prevention order to limit his access to the internet. He has to register as a sex offender for a decade.

This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as a forensic and crime reporter from Oxfordshire.

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