October 2018

Paedophile caught with child sex abuse images avoids jail after arguing he’d lose top university place

A paedophile who was previously jailed for having the UK’s worst collection of child sex abuse images was caught again but avoided jail after arguing he would lose his place at a top university.

Six years ago Barry Shaw was jailed for two years after he fantasised about kidnapping toddler Madeleine McCann and downloaded thousands of horrific pictures.

Now the former Civil Service accountant, who has a ‘dependency on pornography‘, has dodged jail after he was again found with child porn on his laptop.

In court his lawyer claimed if he was jailed, the 38-year-old would lose his spot at a university he has enrolled at – as well as his student accommodation.

In 2012 Shaw was jailed at Belfast Crown Court, Northern Ireland, after investigators searching his laptop uncovered the largest collection of child porn images from the most extreme category ever.

Shaw has now moved to Southampton, Hampshire, and was caught by officers again who discovered he downloaded an image of a teenage girl, dressed in stockings and underwear before moving it to the recycle bin of his laptop.

He was convicted at Southampton Crown Court after admitting one count of making an indecent photograph of a child.

It was argued if ‘porn addict’ Shaw was jailed he would be kicked out of the University of Southampton.

Rose Burns, prosecuting, said Shaw was arrested after a search at his property in July last year. At the time he was already serving a 24 month community order for breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Ms Burns said of the search: “He had his Samsung laptop and iPhone examined.

“This has taken some time, however when it was examined the laptop contained one category C image of a girl dressed in stockings, posing for the camera.

“It was created on May 27, 2017. It was located in downloads, before is was moved to the recycling bin.

“There were no other images located on other devices.

“On January 29, 2018, he made full admission to the offence. He said: ‘I could have viewed the image.

“‘Because of my addiction to pornography, there is every possibility I would have downloaded the image’.”

Judge Gary Burrell QC gave Shaw a 24 month community order and ordered him to carry out 15 days of rehabilitation requirements.

Judge Burrell QC said Shaw is ‘addicted to porn and has been for a while’.

He added: “The worrying thing is it seems you have a sexual interest in children. That is worrying for the community and those who are close to you.

“Here you are again, with a picture of a little girl dressed up in a bikini or underwear that is of course illegal.

“If you continue to behave like that or access those images you are going to destroy yourself.

“At the moment fortunately for you there are a number of factors which are in your favour. You seem to understand you are putting your situation at risk if you continue to act in this way.”

Shaw was jailed in 2012 after he admitted 24 charges of making indecent images of children and a further four of distributing indecent images between February 2006 and August 2009.

The charges covered a total of 4,630 images, which included 28 films and nearly 1,000 images of the most extreme category.

The horrific images showed disturbing acts between adults and children as well as bestiality and sadomasochism.

At the time it was the largest amount of images from the most severe category ever uncovered by investigators.

March 2012

Jailed: pervert with UK’s worst haul of child sexual abuse images

A Civil Service accountant who downloaded and swapped repellent images of children being sexually abused and fantasised about abducting Madeleine McCann has been jailed for two years.

Jailing 31-year-old Barry James Shaw at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Patrick Lynch QC also ordered him to sign the police Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life and barred him from ever working with children.

The judge told Shaw: “You may have felt at the time — in your room downloading these materials — that you caused no hurt to anyone, but for each of these appalling images there are victims, and if it were not for people like yourself there would be no demand for them, and the abuse that is inherent in the production of these materials would not occur.”

Shaw, from Balfour Avenue in south Belfast, pleaded guilty to 24 charges of making indecent images of children and a further four of distributing indecent images on dates between February 2006 and August 2009.

The charges cover a total of 4,630 images including 28 movie files and almost 1,000 images at the most heinous categories of four and five, which show sexual acts between adults and children as well as images of bestiality and sadomasochism.

It is the largest amount of category five images ever uncovered in a single UK investigation.

The photos and movie files were found on two computers when police raided the homes of Shaw and his parents, and it was also uncovered that he had distributed over 200 images.

Those examinations further revealed online chat logs where Shaw boasted about his sickening fantasies over the rape, murder and torture of babies and children. He also admitted to police to wishing he had snatched missing toddler Madeleine McCann, who was kidnapped in Praia de Luz in Portugal in 2007 when she was just three years old.

Judge Lynch said that a “serious aggravating factor” was that Shaw had not just downloaded the images for his own gratification, but had also distributed them.

Solicitor advocate Dennis Maloney said that Shaw was, is and remains “haunted” by what he did, adding that his arrest had come as a “relief”.

Judge Lynch also imposed a 15-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) prohibiting Shaw from owning or using any technology which did not have monitoring software installed, “undertaking any activity” whether paid or unpaid which would give him access to children, having unsupervised contact with children, going within 20 metres of any “child-centred facility” and from denying police access to his home to check that he is complying with the SOPO.

Mr Maloney told the court that Shaw would be “rigorously adhering to the conditions … to the letter of the law”.