April 2021

Leeds paedophile snared when dad pretended to be his daughter on Snapchat

A paedophile was snared when a parent pretended to be his daughter on her Snapchat account.

Leeds Crown Court heard Campbell Lyden sent the man a video of himself masturbating, thinking he was sending it to the 12-year-old victim who owned the account.

The girl’s dad took a screenshot of the video, which was later used as evidence in court.

The 21-year-old was handed a three-year community order today after pleading guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child, attempting to cause a child under the age of 13 to watch a sexual act, making an indecent photo of a child and possession of extreme pornography.

Prosecutor Soheil Khan said the victim was using the YOLO app, an anonymous question and answer app, within Snapchat when Lyden started messaging her.

The barrister said she believed only people from her school could message her on the anonymous app so she thought Lyden was a child from her school.

The pair began talking on Snapchat where Lyden replied to a photo of her that she had posted on her story and said she was cute.

He then told her he had been masturbating while they talked and she brought it to the attention of her teachers.

Staff at the school in Leeds informed her dad who got angry with the victim and broke her phone.

The next day, the man used her account to message Lyden, who continued sending sexual messages.

The defendant then sent a video of himself masturbating and the girl’s dad took a screenshot of it.

Lyden, of Amberton Lane, Gipton, Leeds, was arrested and admitted the offences, saying he was aware the victim was a child and he did not know why he sent a video of himself masturbating.

He told officers he is not sexually active but masturbates several times daily, watches porn featuring women his own age and ‘a bit younger’ on a daily basis and selects the teen category when using Pornhub.

Mr Khan said Lyden’s conversations with the victim took place between the end of 2019 and February 2020.

In January 2020, Lyden had downloaded one category C indecent image of a child.

In November 2019, he had downloaded a video of a man sexually abusing a donkey.

Lyden has a previous conviction for a sexual assault committed when he was a teenager.

Lyden’s community order included requirements to complete a 35-day sex offender treatment programme and 40 days of rehabilitation activity.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years and made subject to a five-year sexual harm prevention order.