James Bulger Killer Jon Venables Charged With Possession of Indecent Images of Children

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Robert Thompson
Jon Venables, 10 years of age (L); Robert Thompson, 10 years of age

Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger, has been charged over possession indecent images of children.

The 35-year-old, who now lives under a new identity, will be tried in private at an unnamed court, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Friday (January 5).

Venables had been recalled to prison in November after allegedly being caught with child abuse images.

The CPS said: "The man formerly known as Jon Venables has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children and will appear in the Crown Court.

"In order that justice can be done, no further details are being released at this stage and the proceedings are subject to reporting restrictions."

Venables was previously recalled to prison in 2010 for possession of child abuse images, to which he pleaded guilty. He was released in 2013.

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A surveillance camera shows the abduction of two-year-old James Bulger from the Bootle Strand shopping mall February 12 1993 at 3:42pm near Liverpool, England. Bulger holds the hand of Jon Venables, one of two ten-year-old boys later convicted of his torture and murder. BWP Media via Getty Images

Venables and friend Robert Thompson were both aged 10 when they tortured and killed two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993.

The victim's mother had reported her son missing from outside a butcher's shop in the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle.

CCTV footage later showed him being lured away by Venables and Thompson. The toddler was found dead on a railway line two days later.

Venables and Thompson were both convicted of murder later that year, the youngest in modern English history.

The pair were released from secure children's homes on life licence in 2001 having been given new identities and granted lifetime anonymity.

Following Venables' arrest in November, the Attorney General launched an investigation into claims his new identity had been revealed on social media.

An injunction bans identifying the pair, punishable by up to two years in prison.

In 2013, two men were given nine-month sentences, suspended for 15 months, when they posted images claiming to show Venables and Thompson.

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An undated photo of 2 year-old James Bulger. Both Thompson and Venables were 10 years-old when they tortured and killed 2 year-old James Bulger in Bootle, England, in 1993. BWP Media via Getty Images