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Princess Diana fountain photographer from Reading avoids jail over young girl pictures
Princess-Diana.com - Kent Adamson used long lens to take 'wholly inappropriate' images. Photo: Kent Adamson used long lens to take 'wholly inappropriate' images.

A geologist who took 'wholly inappropriate' photos of a young girl splashing in the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park has avoided jail.

Kent Adamson, 45, used a long-lens camera to take pictures of children, zooming in on one girl's torso, as they played in the water on August 19, 2013.

But a concerned member of the public spotted the American in the Royal Park and alerted the police.

A search of his memory card revealed nine photos of a pre-pubescent girl in a red polka-dot swimming costume including several showing a close-up of her body with no head or feet.

A jury of four men and eight women found Adamson, of Watlington Street, Reading, guilty of taking indecent images after an hour and a half of deliberation at Southwark Crown Court on July 15 this year.

Judge Deborah Taylor said: "On the relevant date at the Diana Memorial Fountain you took photographs of children who were playing near the fountain and because it was a hot day were dressed in swimming costumes.

Adamson insisted pictures were "street photography"
"Nine of the images focus on the torso of this child between the thigh and the chest, some of which were close ups."

Adamson, who denied taking indecent images of children, had insisted the pictures taken on his digital SLR camera were 'street photography'.

But a pre-sentence report found he was trying to 'minimise' his culpability.

"These images were wholly inappropriate and taken without the consent or knowledge of those children or their parents and any parent would be horrified at the taking of such images of their child,' said Judge Taylor.

Adamson was handed a 12-month sentence suspended for 18 months, ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service and to pay 2,800 in costs.

Judge: "any parent would be horrified"
He was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order that restricts his contact with girls under 16 years old.

The American citizen, who has been in this country for seven years, indicated he intends to return to the United States after his sentence is served.

Jurors were not made aware that Adamson also faced a charge of possessing indecent images of children relating to a collection of images that had been deleted from his computer.

Adamson will not face trial for the pictures which were graded at Level C, the least serious category, after prosecutors announced it would not be in the public interest to pursue the charge.

Adamson further denied a charge of possessing indecent images of children that has been left to lie on file.

Soure: getreading

08 Sep 2015

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