November 2017

Paedophile who had 9000 child abuse images is jailed

A paedophile snared by an undercover police officer during internet chats with what he thought was a child was jailed for six years.

John Deevey from Speke believed he was chatting to a 12-year-old girl in the West Midlands during highly sexualised conversations and promised to visit her.

Eventually he claimed he was on the way to see her but never turned up and ended their chats.

When police raided his home in Speke , they found him sitting in his underpants and a t-shirt viewing porn web sites on a large monitor projected from his laptop.

Some were showing active chat sites – one with girls in their teens.

When Deevey’s computer equipment was analysed almost 9,000 indecent images of child abuse and extreme pornographic images were found, some of which he had distributed to other perverts.

Sentencing the 58-year-old, Judge Robert Warnock described him as “a dedicated and determined paedophile” who had an “unhealthy and totally unacceptable interest in young children.”

As well as downloading indecent images of children and distributing some he had had internet chats with someone he believed was a 12-year-old girl and sent her “foul pictures of your genitalia.”

Judge Warnock said: “I am wholly satisfied as to your intention and your intention was to corrupt, groom and sexually abuse a young child.

“The content of the messages between you and the under-cover officer are highly revealing and tell me you present a risk to others.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the undercover officer was approached on line via the KiK messenger application on September 12 and told him she was 12 years old.

He said “12 is OK” and claimed to be an engineer and a bass guitarist playing in two bands and sent a photograph, taken in his home, showing three guitars.

Further conversations took place on later days that month and he sent her two pictures of his penis and he spoke of what he would like to do to her and arranged to meet her on September 28.

He pretended he was on the way to see her in his Skoda that day but then his messages ended abruptly and she realised he was not going to turn up.

Police went to his home in Bramhall Close and found him sitting on his sofa watching the porn sites.

He told them he had used KIK for years and described it as “fantasy and role play”.

Deevey claimed that the girl had told him she was 19 and accepted he had arranged to see her for sex but denied intending to follow it through.

He pleaded guilty to 11 offences involving downloading child sexual abuse images including 966 in the most serious category, possessing a total of 8988 indecent images; distribution of images in all three categories; attempting to incite sexual activity with a child and attempting to sexually communicate with a child.

Father of five Deevey was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.