March 2021

Paedophile posed as young girl to trick 12-year-old into sending naked photos

A depraved paedophile, who downloaded images of children as young as five, has avoided jail

Oliver Bromley, 38, was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court having previously pleaded guilty to distributing an indecent photograph of a child and six counts of making indecent photographs of children.

On one occasion, Bromley also posed as a young girl on Instagram to fool a 12-year-old American girl into sending naked photographs to him, according to prosecuting barrister Wayne Jackson.

Mr Jackson told the court that police first attended Bromley’s home, which was then in Purbeck Drive, in the Lostock area of Bolton, on March 29 2018.

Officers were executing a warrant obtained from the National Crime Agency.

After forensically examining Bromley’s laptop and mobile phone, 203 indecent images were found – 201 of which had been deleted prior to his arrest.

In total, there were 68 images in the most serious category (A). There were also 69 category B images and 67 category C images.

One of category A images was a video, which was around three minutes in length.

It is believed that the images were downloaded between 2013 and 2018.

Mr Jackson also told the court that the images featured boys and girls aged between five and 16-years-old, with the majority of them featuring children aged between six and 13-years-old.

The court also heard about sick internet searches that Bromley made, on an anonymous web browser, in relation to underage children and incest.

During his interview, Bromley admitted everything in relation to the photographs found on his devices.

Bromley told police that he ‘acted alone’ and was able to describe two images that he had sent to someone on Facebook, featuring a girl believed to be as young as eight.

Asked why he accessed the images, Bromley said it was “out of curiosity” and that he “deleted them straight away”, but admitted that he received sexual gratification from them.

Police asked whether he had a sexual interest in children and he replied: “On a few occasions, yeah.”

Bromley also told police that he had never had a girlfriend, was a virgin and was embarrassed about his weight.

Later that year, on December 17, police received intelligence from the Homeland Security of the United States in relation to a girl from Pennsylvania.

The girl had told police that she had been contacted by someone on Instagram called ‘DJBrokenArrow2017’, who had requested naked photographs from her.

Believing she was speaking to a teenage girl, she sent the photographs and told police that she thinks she sent seven in total.

Checks by Pennsylvania Police showed that the Instagram account belonged to Bromley.

He was interviewed again, on May 22 2020, in relation to the Instagram offence.

Recorder Andrew Nuttall sentenced Bromley, of Roslyn Road, Davenport, Stockport, to a three-year community order.

He said: “These sort of offences have victims – they are children. They’re not faceless, they’re not nameless, they’re real people and they are victims in every sense of the word.

“Without people like you looking at these images and searching for these images, there wouldn’t be this sort of appalling and disgraceful business of people taking photographs or exploiting children.

“It is a disgusting business and all right-thinking people should abhor it.”

Under the terms of his community order, Bromley will have to complete 200 hours unpaid work. He will also have to attend 50 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He is subject to a 10 year sexual harm prevention order that prevents him having contact with children under the age of 16 and owning any undeclared devices.

Explaining why he did not sentence Bromley to a custodial sentence, Recorder Nuttall added: “The guidelines indicate that where possible and in proper circumstances, it is right for the courts to consider the long-term benefit of society by considering whether society is better placed with you having interaction with the probation service, rather than being sent to prison for what would be a relatively short period of time.