July 2020

Chaddesden paedophile shared horrific child abuse images with convicted sex offenders

A 63-year-old Derby father shared vile child abuse images to a group of warped like-minded perverts who admitted sexually assaulting their own victims.

Derby Crown Court heard how Andrew Brough, of Chaddesden, collected more than 2,000 horrific images of children including some as young as two being raped.

In 2018 he joined the select, closed group and “showed appreciation” of the hideous photographs they shared among themselves.

He also started talking to what he believed were girls aged 13 and asked them to perform sex acts over the internet for him.

But one of the girls was really an adult self-styled paedophile hunter and Brough was visited, confronted and then reported to the police.

Jailing him for 40 months, Recorder Paul Mann QC said: “To you, they may have seemed to be just sexual images.

“But in truth, each one was a human being – someone’s child, someone’s grandchild.

“Think how you would react to discovering your own children were not only being abused sexually but how that was being made public for other people’s sexual satisfaction.”

Laura Pitman, prosecuting, said on one occasion Brough, of Rupert Road, told one of the underage girls he had driven to a lay-by near his work and while on the phone to her performed a sex act and encouraged her to do the same.

In fact, the girl was fake and had been created by a vigilante group called Manchester Hunters, who came to Derby to snare him – following him from the lay-by to his house to confront him and he was arrested.

The court heard how he handed police his phone, along with two others that were hidden inside the boot of his car.

It was revealed that Brough was part of a “network” of perverts sharing indecent images, having hundreds of photographs in his possession from all three categories of seriousness.

The court heard how he began contacting who he believed was a teenage girl called “Emily” in April 2018.

Miss Pitman said: “A fake profile had been set up by the group, the person actually communicating with the defendant was an adult female.

“The profile made clear it was that of a child aged 13. He (Brough) asked how old she was and she confirmed she was 13. He said he was 25 and married.

“He asked for her telephone number. He asked if her mum knew what she was doing and responded saying her mum didn’t let her message people. His response was ‘tut tut naughty girl’.”

The court heard how he asked her about her body and whether she would like to have large or small breasts when she was older.

He also asked her to call him which she did and again this was the woman posing as the teenager, but the defendant didn’t know that.

In the call, he told “Emily” to touch a part of her body, encouraged her to engage in sexual activity with a friend and incited her to perform a sex act – telling her what to do.

Miss Pitman said members of the paedophile hunters group travelled to Derby to confront the defendant.

The defendant had agreed to speak to “Emily” after work and told her he was sat in his car in a lay-by nearby.

Brough again encouraged her to touch a part of her body and said how he wanted to touch a part of her body.

The court heard he was described as breathing heavily before saying he had performed a sex act and that he had “enjoyed that”.

Ms Pitman said: “The group identified he was the person that they were talking to, so when he drove away they followed him to his home address.

“They came to his home address and confronted him. The police were then called.”

Police seized his phone and asked if he had any others, to which he told them he had two more hidden in the boot of his car.

The phones revealed messages with another teenage girl who has not been identified.

Police also found messages to a number of different men concerning the sexual abuse of children.

Ms Pitman said: “He played an active involvement in a network sharing indecent images.”

In total, police found 718 vile child abuse images of the most serious category A which typically show young children engaged in sexual acts with adults.

Brough also had 537 category B images and 905 category C.

He also admitted possessing extreme pornographic images involving adults engaged in sexual acts with animals.

Brough pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

He also admitted charges of distributing indecent images of children, making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornographic images.

June 2020

‘Paedophile hunters’ snare Chaddesden pervert

A 63-year-old Derby man has been snared by self-styled paedophile hunters posing as two underage girls.

Married Andrew Brough, of Chaddesden, believe he was exchanging sexual messages with girls aged 13 and 14 called Emily and Maisie.

But the youngsters were, in fact, an online group who turned up at his address to confront him before contacting the police.

Brough, of Rupert Road, pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Appearing remotely from his home, Brough also admitted charges of distributing indecent images of children, making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornographic images – six pictures involving adults engaged in sexual acts with animals.

In total, police found 718 vile child abuse images of the most serious category A which typically show young children engaged in sexual acts with adults.

Brough, who has no previous convictions of any kind, had 537 category B images and 905 category C.

Recorder Julie Warburton handed him conditional bail and he is due to be sentenced on July 14 when he will need to appear in person at Derby Crown Court.

She said: “I will adjourn for a pre-sentence report but I am not doing that on the basis making any promises (about whether or not to send him immediately to prison).

“These are serious matters, there were a significant numbers of images being distributed.”