January 2021

Burnley paedophile who groomed young girls and kept more than 284 indecent images of children is jailed

A sexual predator who groomed children online and ordered them to perform indecent acts on live webchats has been jailed.

Officers from the police’s sex offender management team visited Kieron Rushton at a property in Burnley on December 16 following concerns raised about his behaviour.

When officers attended, 49-year-old Rushton was caught watching online streaming videos of children.

Examination of Rushton’s mobile phones found four live chat stream applications had been installed and that the defendant was asking children to perform indecent acts.

The estimated age of his victims, who are all girls and believed to be living in Eastern Europe, range between eight and 15.

Officers also found 284 indecent images of children on Rushton’s devices, including 28 Category A – the most serious examples of child sexual abuse images.

The victims were girls between the ages of six and 12.

Among the images recovered were recordings of some of Rushton’s child victims performing indecent acts on live web chats. 

Rushton, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to 11 separate charges when he appeared before a Judge at Preston Crown Court.

Those included nine charges of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child, engaging in sexual communication with a child and causing/inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity. 

He was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

As well as the custodial sentence, Rushton was given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order, which limits his access to children.