A 25-year-old man appeared in court Monday, charged with possessing and distributing pornographic photographs of children.
Trevorne Obrian Daley was denied bail by Chief Magistrate Nova Hall.
Eight of the charges relate to photographs each showing an individual child, seven of whom were boys. The ninth charge relates to “a quantity of indecent photographs of children.”
The charges are dated May 18, 2016.
Details of the tenth charge are that within the Cayman Islands, Daley distributed child pornography via email to another person between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015.
Crown counsel Kenneth Ferguson said the matter came to police attention after Daley befriended a preteen boy on Facebook in December 2015 and began to speak to him via WhatsApp.
Mr. Ferguson explained that relevant U.S. agencies contacted Cayman authorities about indecent articles put on Google Drive.
A warrant was executed at the defendant’s George Town residence. A phone and several laptops were seized. When examined, they were shown to have more than 1,000 images depicting various forms of pornography, Mr. Ferguson related.
He said Daley was interviewed in the presence of an attorney and admitted that he belonged to a group that sent child pornography to each other.
Mr. Ferguson objected to bail, partly on the basis of the seriousness of the charges and partly because Daley is a work permit holder without strong ties to the island.
Attorney Crister Brady agreed that the charges were serious, but he pointed out that the Crown had some way to go before substantiating the charges. He suggested that Daley could be bailed to reside at a premises where there were no children, his passport could be surrendered and sureties could be put in place for his attendance at future court hearings.
“There is little he could do to interfere with investigations,” Mr. Brady pointed out in reference to another possible reason for objecting to bail.
Daley has no previous convictions and had a stable job, the attorney added.
The charges are “Category B” – meaning that they may be tried in either Summary Court or Grand Court, Mr. Brady noted. No election was made at this first appearance as to which court would hear the charges.
The magistrate remanded Daley in custody until May 31.