December 2017

Paedophile hunters snare pervert caught with baby rape images

Paedophile hunters snared a Derbyshire pervert when he sent them photos of his private parts thinking he was talking to a 14-year-old girl.

Christopher Smith also tried the get “Emily” to send him naked pictures of herself using the toilet and tried to arrange to meet up with her for sex, a court heard.

And when police raided his Hilton home and seized a mobile phone belonging to the 26-year-old they found it contained more than 100 sick child abuse images, including pictures and video of a baby being raped.

Since his arrest he has moved from Rodney Close in Hilton to an address in Marlborough Way, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said Smith first started talking to the teen over an internet dating site in November last year.

She said: “In fact it was two men who had set up a fake profile pretending to be a 14-year-old girl called Emily and the defendant began a series of online conversations with her.

“Very quickly he started asking her sexual questions about herself, asking about the size of her breasts and asked her to send him pictures of herself using the toilets at school.

“He sent a photograph of his private parts and told her that he would like to meet her and have sex with her.”

Miss Allen said Smith then began asking questions about when her parents might be out and tried to arrange to meet her.

She said the two men who set up “Emily’s” online account took their information to the police and Smith was arrested.

She said he first told officers how “his Hotmail account had been hacked” but in a second interview admitted what he had done saying he “had been a bit of an idiot”.

Miss Allen said analysis of his mobile phone found it to contain 103 child abuse images or movies including 36 that were of the most serious category A.

She said: “The most serious included a baby and a three-year-old girl being raped and other images were across a wide age range from babies to 13-year-olds.”

Smith pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child into sexual activity and three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Supported by his family in the public gallery, he cried in the dock as he was handed a three-year community order at Derby Crown Court.

Recorder Andrew Easteal said: “There is something about this offending you need to get into your head.

“And that is that the person responsible for what happened to the children in these images is you.

“This abuse is fuelled by you and happens because of you.”