September 2020

Snapchat pervert bombarded 12-year-old schoolgirl with sex videos

A pervert sent videos of himself performing a sex act to a 12-year-old girl via Snapchat.

Kenneth Cunliffe, 39, believed he was talking to a 15-year-old child, but she was actually three years younger.

Cunliffe, of Hawthorne Road, Bootle, bombarded his victim with indecent images and asked for naked pictures in return.

But he later tried to claim he wasn’t “aroused” by the sick conversations – despite earlier confessing to police that he was.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Cunliffe starting talking to the girl in July 2018, having first spoken with one of her friends.

Fiona McNeill, prosecuting, said the victim asked Cunliffe why he was communicating with her friend and blocked him.

However, he contacted her again using another Snapchat account and their conversations resumed that September.

Ms McNeill said Cunliffe asked where she lived and sent a photo of a place near to her home, “which caused her some concern”.

He then asked the girl how old she was, to which she said 15, and Cunliffe revealed he was 37 and told her where he lived.

Cunliffe sent her a photo of his genitalia and asked if she wanted to masturbate him

She estimated in total he sent between 10 to 15 pictures of his genitalia and around five videos of him performing a sex act on himself.

Cunliffe also asked if she wanted to meet up, but the girl declined and they last spoke to each other in November 2018.

Ms McNeill said she asked Cunliffe for a photo of his face, which he sent, and used an iPad to secretly take a picture of it.

The girl told her mum who posted the picture on Facebook and Cunliffe was arrested at his home on November 19 that year.

When cautioned, he replied: “I sent pictures of me aroused to young girls, I’m so sorry, I lied about my age, I never met any of them.”

Police found pictures on his mobile phone as described by the victim, however, Cunliffe gave two “no comment” interviews

The images actually sent on Snapchat weren’t recovered, as messages on the app are automatically deleted after a short time.

Cunliffe admitted one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child and five counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The girl’s mum said her daughter now suffered with “really bad social anxiety” and feared going out and seeing anyone who looked like Cunliffe.

She said the child was left afraid, had struggled to concentrate on work, and she worried about her walking to and from school.

Judge Woodhall said Cunliffe knew his victim was a child yet exposed her to sexual activity she should never have seen.

He said “thankfully” the girl refused to send him any pictures of herself.

The judge said: “There was virtually no response to what you did from her. Certainly she didn’t do anything in any way to encourage your actions, quite the opposite, she told you she was too young to do the type of things you suggested. That didn’t cause you to desist.”

Judge Woodhall told Cunliffe: “You deny being aroused by these discussions. Frankly, that’s a remarkable assertion to make.”

He added: “The evidence speaks for itself.”

Judge Woodhall jailed Cunliffe for 18 months and ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.