Wales

Ex-Blaenavon bookshop owner James Daniel Hanna jailed for child sex images

  • 9 July 2013
  • From the section Wales
James Hanna
Image caption James Hanna, 67, has no possibility of parole

A man who ran a second-hand book scheme in south Wales a decade ago has been jailed in the US for producing images of child sexual abuse.

Mississippi-born James Hanna, 67, admitted producing sexually explicit photos of two girls of 13 in Arkansas.

The man once involved in the Blaenavon Booktown project was sentenced, without the possibility of parole, to 60 years and a $25,000 (£16,800) fine.

Gwent Police found no evidence any of the victims were from the area.

US attorney Conner Eldridge said: "Crimes against children victimise the most vulnerable in our communities. The defendant in this case produced child pornography by preying on several minor girls, some as young as 13 years old.

"With this sentence he has been held accountable for these crimes. We will continue to do all we can to investigate and prosecute those who commit these reprehensible offences."

Hanna was arrested in Arkansas in August 2012 and charged with a string of child sex offences after police in Madison County, Arkansas, seized thousands of indecent image of children, some dating back decades.

In Wales, Hanna was a key figure in the Booktown project in Blaenavon, Torfaen, from 2003 until he moved back to the US in 2006.

It is known that he worked with schoolchildren and youth projects when he lived in Blaenavon, although he was not employed directly by the local authority. He was also involved in a number of photography projects with teenagers.

Gwent Police held a review into Hanna but it found no evidence any of the victims in the US case were from the Gwent force area.

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