February 2021

Offender picked up girls with offers of alcohol and gifts

A convicted paedophile raped a girl and subjected her to other sexual activity with both her and a friend in his car.

Paul McGlinchey picked up the girls, who he met through social media, and took them to a picnic area car park in County Durham where the offences took place.

The girls, who knew him as ‘Chipmunk’, agreed to go along after being offered cigarettes, alcohol and other gifts by McGlinchey as a bribe.

Durham Crown Court heard that the offending took place while the defendant was subject to indefinite restrictions under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) forbidding contact with underage girls or communication via social media.

The order was issued in June 2014, when McGlinchey was jailed for 30-months for downloading and distributing thousands of indecent images of children.

He also admitted six charges of distributing thousands of indecent images across all three categories to other paedophiles 

It was during the investigation of his renewed online activity that his phones and other devices were examined, revealing his communication with the two underage girls.

McGlinchey, 36, formerly from Washington, but now of no fixed abode, was arrested last December but made no comment when interviewed.

Appearing at the court last month he admitted rape of a girl under 13 and two charges of sexual activity with a child, both in breach of the SHPO, for which he admitted a further two counts.

At the sentencing hearing he also admitted two charges of arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, plus five further offences relating to indecent images of children and other material on his seized devices.

The court heard of the deep psychological harm his offending caused both victims, who have both self-harmed, one now being in the care of a sexual exploitation centre.

Mr Justice Lavender told the defendant: “Your conduct has had a troubling effect on both girls, each of whom has taken an overdose, as has one of their mothers.”

As he considers McGlinchey poses a “significant risk” of serious harm by commission of further offences he imposed a 12-year extended determinate sentence, with four-year licence period.

McGlinchey, who remains subject of lifetime registration as a sex offender and the SHPO, must serve at least eight years of the custodial sentence before he can be considered for release by the Parole Board and may have to serve the full 12 years.

June 2014

Child abuse images pervert watched sick videos while his fiancée slept

A child abuse images pervert has been jailed after he was found with thousands of vile images of youngsters being abused.

Paul McGlinchey, from Washington, waited until his fiancée was asleep before he went into another room to look at the pictures and videos of children.

The 30-year-old was arrested after police were alerted to people using a file-sharing website to distribute the pornography.

McGlinchey, of Sunningdale Drive, has now been jailed for two-and-a-half years and has been ordered to register as a sex-offender for life and made subject to an indefinite sexual prevention order.

He pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to nine charges of making indecent images of children by downloading them onto his computer.

He also admitted six charges of distributing thousands of indecent images across all three categories of a new scale of seriousness set out by the Sentencing Guidelines Council.

Jailing McGLinchey, Recorder Tim Raggatt QC said: “The offences span a period from the summer of 2007 to the summer of 2012, and there are literally thousands of images overall.

“Count 14 alone, charges you with distributing 8,877 images, but the most serious are the counts which charge you with making and distributing hundreds of images of category A.

“What is sometimes forgotten in cases of this kind is that there are true victims, they are the hapless children from around the world who are exploited by the people who film them in the disgusting and despicable ways they do.

“Category A images are of penetrative sexual activity with children and images involving sadism and sometimes bestiality, and you had hundreds of images in that category and then distributed them.

“Your predilection for such material is deeply disturbing..”

Prosecutor Lal Amarasinghe said that in May 2012, Warwickshire Police received information from West Midlands police force in relation to users of a file-sharing website.

One person using the site to obtain and share indecent images of children, using the name ‘Coldspace Ice,’ was identified as McGlinchey. Officers went to the address in Warwick where McGlinchey was living with his fiancée at the time, and seized his desktop computer and an external hard drive.

When McGlinchey was interviewed he made no comment, but handed the police a prepared statement in which he accepted responsibility for downloading the images.

He explained he had started viewing indecent images on his computer when he was 10 or 11, looking at girls of a similar age – but had continued viewing children of that age as an adult.

Andrew Tucker, defending, said: “He is somebody who has made a promising start in life, obtained a good education and a degree, and good employment. Until all this came to light he was engaged to be married to a young lady, with every prospect of a happy and successful life in front of him.”

McGlinchey asked to be referred to an organisation called Stop It Now, through which he has received psychotherapy counselling.