April 2020

Ex-McDonald’s worker sent back to prison for child abuse images on Xbox after early release for sharing sick pictures

AN ex-McDonald’s worker has been sent back to prison for possessing child abuse images after he was released early for sharing sick pictures online.

Brett Harriss, 26, had served two years of a 32-month sentence and had been barred from using the internet.

But he secretly used an Xbox console to go online and trawl for more vile images of youngsters – some aged as young as two.

Police carrying out a routine check up on Harriss discovered he had stored a library of 981 sick images on an iPad and filed them in folders labelled “rape”, “younger”, “dad and daughter” and “sibling”.

He later admitted his sexual attraction towards children.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Harriss, from Bredbury, Stockport, was sent back to jail for 27 months after he admitted possessing extreme and prohibited images of children, making indecent photographs and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

The court heard he had been originally locked up in 2017 for distributing child abuse images to other online predators.

He was released last year and moved into a property but he was arrested again last December after he was assigned to a new police sex offender manager.

Prosecutor Lisa Boocock said: “The PC went to visit the defendant for a home visit and saw the defendant had an Xbox 360 connected to the internet, which he was not entitled to have as it was not registered with police.

“Police also searched a tablet which had been registered with the authorities and found inappropriate search terms had been used.

“Police found 258 category A images including more than 100 moving images, 93 category B images and 630 category C images.

“He recognises he has a sexual interest in children. This was a serious and persistent breach involving hundreds of indecent images.”

Passing sentence, Judge Sophie McKone told Harriss: “Your case is significantly aggravated by the fact you have a previous conviction from 2017 for a very similar offence and that custodial sentence who received clearly taught you nothing.

“You must recognise children have to be abused to feed the material that you buy into.

“People like you with a sexual interest in children want to see images of children, and whenever that happens children are going to be abused.”