October 2021

Teenager found to be making child abuse images of toddler after police probe

A teenager was found to be making indecent snaps of a tot aged three following an in-depth police probe.

Nathan Fu, now 19, was originally investigated back in December 2019 by officers of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NMEC) in America when he was just aged between 14 and 15 who informed UK police that a person was uploading indecent images of children online.

Manchester Crown Court heard, however, that there was no evidence to suggest that it was anything other than a ‘standard risk’ so the investigation was handed over to local police

Just a month later, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) received information that Fu, from Salford, had posted ‘first generation’ child abuse images online – namely that he has taken the photos rather than just downloading them.

The snaps show a young female child, aged around three-years-old, being sexually assaulted.

Gavin Howie, prosecuting, said: “Metadata (data showing on what devices the images were taken) indicated that the images had been taken with a Huawei phone.

“Officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s address and devices capable of connecting to the internet were seized from his bedroom.

“This included a Huawei phone belonging to the defendant.

“During the search a bag of children’s underwear was found under the defendant’s bed.

“A ‘homemade’ mannequin of a female dressed in a teenage bra and girl’s knickers (aged 10-11) was found under the duvet cover of his bed.

“This mannequin, when later examined was found to contain a sex toy within it.”

Fu was arrested and interviewed, and denied sexual assault of a child and denied taking any indecent images of children.

He also told officers that the mannequin doll was for comfort as he was ‘lonely’.

The indecent images contained hands of an adult male and were later analysed by a forensic anthropologist who concluded that having considered skin colour, skin knuckle creases and hair pattern, that Fu’s hands featured in the child abuse images.

A Asus laptop, Samsung mobile phone and Sony mobile phone were also recovered and found to contain the vile images of children.

The ‘first generation’ images were classed as category B and depicted a three-year-old girl being sexually assaulted, the court heard.

Other images of the same child were recovered, shown to be taken on different dates.

“The forensic examination showed that the defendant’s devices contained pseudo-indecent images of children,” Mr Howie continued.

“Innocent images of a child had been digitally manipulated. In one of the images the child can be seen sitting in front of a 13th birthday cake.

“Her head has then been super-imposed onto the bodies of adult females in explicit poses.

“Further innocent images have been digitally manipulated to make the child appear naked.

“There were also “pseudo-photograph” images of a child dressed in what appears to be a school uniform and tie, brushing her teeth.

“The image has been digitally manipulated to replace the toothbrush with a penis.”

In total, 58 category A images were found – said to be the worst type – along with 87 category B images, 313 category C images and 201 prohibited images of children.

The images were downloaded over a three year period and the children were depicted to be between the ages of two and 16.

Some of the images depicted children in handcuffs/tied up and some of the images were stored in a folder labelled “young”.

Fu has since pleaded guilty to offences of making indecent/pseudo images of children and assaulting a girl under 13 by penetration.

Fu will be sentenced on October 29.