June 2021

Paedophile exposed himself to girl on Russian app video call while others watched – he also had vile pictures of children

A paedophile that exposed himself to a young girl on a video call on a Russian app while others watched has now been jailed

Ali Amiri, 33, also had indecent images of children

Minshull Street Crown Court heard Amiri, from Crumpsall, downloaded the OKLive app on May 6 last year.

It allows users to take part in video calls while other people watch.

Amiri talked to children, before blowing them kisses, sticking his tongue out and telling them he loved them.

He asked a young girl to expose herself. When she did, Amiri exposed himself and began to perform an indecent act.

The girl became increasingly distressed, the court heard.

Among those watching was a member of the ‘paedophile hunter’ group Cobra UK.

Cops searched his property and recovered two mobile phones, which contained a number of indecent images of children.

One phone had 17 ‘category C’ images, while the other had one ‘category B’ image.

In mitigation, it was said Amiri had struggled to deal with the loss of his parents in 2018 and 2020 – and that he had shown ‘naivety, stupidity and amateurishness’.

The court heard there was a ‘lack of sophistication’ to his crime.

Judge Mary Prior QC jailed Amiri for 16 months.

She told him: “It is plain to me, as your guilty plea says, that you engaged in sexual activity with a child

“The fact that you did not touch [the victim] is noted… [but] the distress is just as real to a victim over video, even if you were not present in the room.

“It is plain to me that you have a sexual interest in children.”

Ali Amiri, of Eadington Street, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13; making an indecent photograph; and distributing an indecent photograph.

He was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and ordered to sign the sex offender register for 10 years.