August 2021

‘Unsophisticated’ caretaker caught sharing indecent images of children on Instagram

A caretaker who was caught sharing indecent images of children on Instagram has avoided jail.

Jaswent Rai, 47, was investigated by the National Crime Agency after sharing the category A video online.

Category A images are categorised as the most obscene and explicit type heard before the courts.

Manchester Crown Court heard that following an execution of a search warrant at his house in Stretford, officers found more of the images on his phone and two laptops as well as images of bestiality.

He had also been talking to other paedophiles on Kik, asking one: “Have you any kids sex videos?”

Analysis of his internet history showed that he had been searching for ‘child porn’ as well as ‘rape’ and ‘incest’.

Rai, of Stretford, pleaded guilty to offences of making indecent images, distributing indecent images and possession of extreme pornography.

Yesterday he was handed a suspended sentence.

Prosecutor Ben Knight told the court that the offences came to light when the National Crime Agency were working with the authorities in the United States looking into the exploitation of children.

“A category A image had been uploaded to Instagram by this defendant,” Mr Knight said.

“The Instagram account was linked to his phone, and the IP address was linked to his premises in Manchester.

“This first occurred on December 10 2019, then surprised authorities when it appeared again on December 13.

“It was equally readily traceable to the location of this defendant.”

A search warrant was later executed at Rai’s address where a number of electronic devices were seized, including the mobile phone he used to upload the video.

Following analysis of the phone, officers found 120 illegal images including 36 category A images, as well as 53 images of extreme pornography.

Also seized were two laptops, one of which had 846 illegal images and the other contained 19 illegal images.

The children depicted in the images found on the phone were said to be aged between six and nine-years-old and the images of extreme pornography depicted acts of bestiality.

It was said that Rai worked as a caretaker but was in the situation where he was not a risk to children or young adults.

Mr Knight added that he had also engaged in sex chats on the messenger app, Kik, where he distributed the indecent images to others.

“It was unsophisticated; he used his own account in correspondence with another person to ask them: “Have you any kids sex videos?”, he said.

“The user sent him images which were not indecent images and he replied by sending them a category A image and said: “Any younger because I seen that one.”

Rai had also conducted internet searches of ‘underage child porn’, ‘animal farm porn’, ‘rape’ and ‘incest’.

He was said to have eight previous convictions for 17 offences, none of which were of a sexual nature.

Rai, of Hornby Road, was handed 18 months imprisonment which was suspended for two years, and was ordered to complete the Maps for Change programme, as well as 10 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and 150 hours unpaid work.

He must also pay £425 court costs, and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and the Sex Offenders Register.