Chelmsford man pleads guilty to indecent images charges

A man who was in possession of a paedophile manual and indecent images of children on a Virtual Reality headset has pleaded guilty to ten offences.

Daren Anthony Jones, 58 of Burgess Field, Chelmsford appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, February 27, where he pleaded guilty to ten offences.

An investigation into Jones was launched in August 2023, after the Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) received information of him creating and being in possession of indecent images of children. A warrant was quickly executed at his home address.

Several electronic devices were seized including two Virtual Reality headsets. Digital enquiries revealed that the headsets had accessed multiple pornographic videos involving underage children.

Officers also found Jones to be in possession of a paedophile manual, which contained disturbing detail around how to make contact with children and avoid being caught by the police.

Jones had been released with bail conditions whilst these enquiries were ongoing.

On Monday, February 26, officers acted quickly after receiving a report of Jones taking pictures of children in the Chelmer Village area. Officers attended the scene quickly, and despite Jones’ attempts to delete the images, CCTV enquiries supported the allegations against him.

He was quickly charged with the following:

  • Four counts of making indecent photographs of a child
  • Possession of extreme pornographic images portraying act likely to result in serious injury
  • Possession of extreme pornographic images portraying act which involved sexual interference with a corpse.
  • Possession of extreme pornographic images portraying act of intercourse with an animal
  • Possession of a paedophile manual
  • Possession of a prohibited image of a child
  • Taking an indecent photo of a child

After pleading guilty to all offences on Tuesday, Jones was remanded into custody. He will next appear in court on April 1.

Detective Inspector Emma Portfleet said: “Jones has proven himself to be a dangerous individual.

“This was the first investigation within POLIT where we have located indecent images of children on Virtual Reality headsets.

“As technology develops, offenders will use this to try disguise their criminality. Our team is one step ahead and we will continue to work hard to protect vulnerable people.

“I would also like to commend the member of the public who confronted Jones in Chelmsford on Monday.”