Tesco shopper arrested for changing demo iPad background to pornography

Ceri Morgan is said to have panicked after he could not change the image back

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A Tesco customer was arrested after setting hardcore pornography as the wallpaper background on an iPad as a joke, a court has heard.

Ceri Morgan, 40, uploaded the image to the display iPad in the Tesco Extra store in Fforestfach Swansea.

In court he admitted “causing the display of indecent matter”.

Security staff called the police after spotting the man on CCTV and changed the background back before any customers could see it.

Prosecutor Anwen Evans said: “A security guard followed him on CCTV system and could see him pay particular attention to one of the display iPads.

“He zoomed in and could see that he had uploaded an indecent image. He then saw him make it larger, and leave it clearly on display in store.”

Mr Morgan’s defence said the shopper tried to remove the image but was unable to do so.

The man’s defence lawyer Alex Scott told Swansea Magistrates’ Court: “It was intended as a joke, but unfortunately it back-fired spectacularly. He had some difficulty in removing it from the background and there was an element of panic.”

“Yes, it was misguided and immature, but it was not intended to cause distress to anyone else.”

The man must now do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 in costs plus a victim surcharge of £60.