May 2021

Batley paedophile downloaded videos of young girls being abused

A paedophile who searched for and downloaded videos of young children being abused has avoided jail.

Hungarian national Maher Viragh, also known as Maher Faraj, was caught with indecent images on two occasions.

Leeds Crown Court heard more than 150 of the images were in the most serious category.

The 26-year-old, of Blakeridge Lane, Batley, was handed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

Prosecutor Chloe Hudson said Viragh was released under investigation after police seized his devices then committed more offences.

She said he had software to cover his digital footprint and he used search terms such as ‘PTHC’, ‘Russian paedo’ and ‘eight-year-old girl’.

In his first police interview, Viragh said he said he accidentally stumbled upon the images and claimed he downloaded them for evidence and denied distributing them.

In his second police interview, he was asked why he kept returning to the website that hosted the images and he said he was looking for information to report the website.

The pervert came to England three years ago and has never worked, instead living off benefits

Viragh was handed a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with requirements to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and 40 days of rehabilitation activity.