October 2015

Pervert thought he was encouraging mum to groom her own child for abuse in web chats

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A pervert who tried to encourage a mum to groom her own child for sexual abuse in online chats is behind bars today.

Christopher Brown, 36, thought he was speaking to a woman via the internet when he offered to stay with her and “seduce” her children.

He suggested ways for his newfound acquaintance to touch her children “without them thinking anything of it”.

All was not as it seemed and in fact he was communicating with a man who had no children, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Brown sent his online friend indecent images of children aged two to 12, said prosecutor Ian Mullarkey yesterday.

Brown repeatedly asked his correspondent: “Have you been able to do anything?”

When messages were not returned, he complained: “Take take take, give nothing back.

“I even got you phone credit to send pics back and to watch vids I sent you. Well no more.”

His crimes came to light as it emerged he was not in contact with a mother at all, but a childless man.

The other man’s computer was seized and analysed, revealing the pair’s conversations between February and April this year.

When arrested in June, Brown said: “What do you mean indecent images? I do a bit of online dating but that’s it.”

Brown – who used the name “iheartadirtygirl” online – was caught with a collection of child abuse images on a tablet computer.

He had pictures of children aged between one and 14, one showing abuse of a baby, downloaded from the web.

Police found 171 indecent still and moving images of children and 10 “extreme pornographic images”.

His internet use showed “extensive browsing” of websites providing such illegal pictures.

Brown, of Skripka Drive, Billingham, admitted three counts of distributing and three of making indecent photographs of children, one of possessing extreme pornographic images and one of encouraging or assisting an offence.

Graham Brown, defending, said Brown expressed “fantasy” in “intermittent” communications over a short period of time and had little understanding of the seriousness of it.

He said the pictures were mostly poor quality and not of the worst type, many were taken by a teenage girl of herself, the videos were short and the distribution was very limited.

He added Brown found the court case difficult, he was in custody for over four months and lost his job.

Judge Howard Crowson told Brown: “Indecent photographs of children exploit their innocence and their vulnerability.

“Whoever is taking them is abusing a child in the most gross fashion.

“And each time the image is viewed by somebody, they are violated again.

“Those images unfortunately are never lost because they are on the internet. It’s a continuing and persistent problem.”

He said Brown encouraged the sexual assault of a girl “with some persistence” and enthusiasm in the web chat, suggesting methods to groom and touch her.

“I find it hard to accept, and don’t accept, this was a simple fantasy,” the judge said.

“You clearly hoped it would happen for your own sexual gratification.”

He bore in mind no such child existed and it was impossible to carry out Brown’s wishes, but jailed him for three years.

Brown was given a sexual harm prevention order governing his internet use and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both indefinitely.