Some of the ones who download images of child abuse think it’s okay because they have satisfied their ‘needs’ without hurting any children but, as judges tell offenders time and time again, children will continue to be abused on camera as long as there is demand for it.
When they are caught out, they deny being attracted to children and try a host of excuses, such as they were ‘just curious’, they are ‘addicted’ to downloading the images and, in one case, he was acting as a vigilante.
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Some of the paedophiles reach out to children on a range of social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram, and end up getting caught in stings set up by police or vigilante paedophile hunters.
Some of them try to groom mothers with the intent of abusing their children – sometimes with their permission.
This lengthy list includes some people who previously held trusted roles, such as a police worker, a councillor, a transgender teacher and a football coach – as well as the frontman of a famous band.
The dozens of paedophiles on this list were dealt with by the courts over the last year or so, with the exception of Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins who committed his child sex offences years ago but has been caught having access to a mobile phone.
The cases were heard at Leeds Crown Court and other courts across the country.
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Former Lostprophets frontman and paedophile Ian Watkins was caught with a mobile phone in Wakefield prison.
The 42-year-old hid the phone in his anus in the high-security prison, where he was already serving a 35-year extended sentence for child sex offences.
Watkins was originally jailed in 2013 after admitting 13 sex offences which a judge said ‘plumbed new depths of depravity’, including the attempted rape of a baby.
He was given an extended sentence which included a 29-year prison term followed by an additional six years on licence.
In 2019, he was convicted of the mobile phone offence after a trial and jailed for a further 10 months.
The dangerous offender still receives fan mail in prison and had a fan attend his trial.
A sick and ‘depraved’ paedophile groomed young girls from Yorkshire online by offering fake modelling opportunities before convincing the children to send naked images and videos of themselves to him.
Daniel Berry targeted teenage girls from across the country on social media and ‘cunningly’ groomed them into his web of abuse.
His youngest victims were just 12 years old, with at least 16 girls lured into his monstrous scheme which continued for over two years.
Berry threatened to visit the homes of his victims and sue their families if they refused comply with his warped demands.
The 31-year-old, of Bannerman Avenue, Prestwich, Greater Manchester, was jailed for 13 years after pleading guilty to 48 counts relating to online child abuse. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
A convicted paedophile, he downloaded more than 100,000 child abuse images in his parents’ house and made 3D prints of genitals.
The disgusting finds were made after a public protection officer became aware that Paul Rapson had been buying children’s underwear online – which he was later found to have worn and taken selfies in.
The 49-year-old is subject to a lifelong sexual harm prevention order after he was given a 10-year extended prison sentence in 2009 for 22 sexual offences including abusing a young boy, taking indecent photos of children in public and having indecent images.
He was handed an eight-year extended sentence for his latest offences. He was told he must serve a three-year custodial period and a five-year extended licence period.
A paedophile from Gateshead near Newcastle, he moved to Leeds after getting convictions for child sexual offences including grooming boys online.
Kane Hutchison, a 31-year-old former football coach, recently appeared in Leeds Crown Court after knocking a man out for mocking him on the dancefloor of a Leeds nightclub.
Hutchison, of Savoy Court, Bradford Road, Pudsey, Leeds, had 13 convictions prior to the nightclub case, most of which are for breaches of football banning orders.
They include sexual offences, including for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy and inciting other underage boys into sexual activity. The former football coach, nicknamed the ‘Beast of Bensham’, used his victims’ love of football to groom them, ChronicleLive reported.
Former councillor Alex Kear
The paedophile councillor arranged to sexually abuse what he believed was a three-year-old girl, saying he had waited “years for something like this to happen.
Alex Kear, who was an Independent on Wakefield Council, thought he was meeting with the mother of a toddler after sending her indecent requests. But the woman was an undercover police officer.
Kear, of Stansfield Drive, Castleford, admitted a charge of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sexual offence and another of inciting the sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 13.
The 50-year-old was handed a six-year extended sentence with a four-year custodial period and an extended licence period of two years, triggering an automatic process which disqualifies him from being a councillor.
At the time, Wakefield Council said it was frustrated it could not remove him from his position as a councillor because the law said this can only be done when defendants are jailed for three months or more.
Yvette Cooper, the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, called for an urgent review of the law following Kear’s conviction.
The convicted sex offender was caught by a police officer who posed as a 14-year-old boy on the Grindr social networking site.
Andrew Swan, 42, had been locked up for three years when he was only 14 for a serious sex offence against a 10-year-old boy and in 2009 he was jailed for five years for attempting to rape a 19-year-old man.
In March last year Swan, of Bradford Road, Stockbridge, Keighley, was arrested at his home after he had tried to arrange a meeting with the ’14-year-old boy’.
Prosecutor Phillip Adams said the arrest came as a result of an online police operation involving the dating platform Grindr.
Swan eventually admitted attempting to commit a sexual act with the ‘boy’ and was jailed a total of four years and six months.
A sexually depraved pervert who got his wife to film him sexually abusing chickens was also caught with indecent images.
Rehan Baig also downloaded shocking sex abuse images involving young kids and performed disgusting sex acts on a dog.
The 37-year-old, who was described as manipulating and controlling, pleaded guilty to a series of offences, including having sexual intercourse with an animal, downloading indecent images and movies involving children, possession of extreme pornographic images including bestiality and possession of cocaine and cannabis.
Rehan Baig, of Shepherd Street, Bradford, was jailed for three years, will have to register as a sex offender for life and will also have to comply with an indefinite sexual harm prevention order that restricts his use of the internet.
The pervert from Wakefield was caught out by a paedophile hunting group after sending nude pictures of himself to a ’14-year-old girl’.
John Holey, 52, thought he was messaging a teenage girl called ‘Lydia’ on the social networking site Tagged and made sexual suggestions.
However, he was actually messaging a member of online paedophile hunter group Fleetwood Enforcers.
Holey admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to breach a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).
He has previous convictions for sexually assaulting a child, possession of indecent images and breaching a SHPO.
Holey was jailed for two years and two months and made the subject of a new, indefinite SHPO.
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The online predator arranged to meet with ’13-year-old girls’ at his home while his partner was at work.
David Reed exchanged a number of disturbing messages whilst texting with who he believed to be two teenage girls.
As it turned out, he had been messaging a vigilante group from Leeds.
He arranged to one of the ‘children’ at his home in Hyde, Tameside, and the other in Leeds.
He pleaded guilty to six counts of attempting to cause a child to watch sexual activity, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.
The 61-year-old was jailed for a year and nine months, made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for a year.
He went on the run after being caught with more than 10,000 images of child abuse.
Pedro Fernandes was on the run for three years before being arrested on an international warrant.
The 48-year-old, of Harrogate Road in Moortown, Leeds, was jailed for a year and nine months after pleading guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children.
Satpal Roth-Sharma, mitigating, said her client told her he was acting as a vigilante by downloading images to try to identify abusers and bring them to justice.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told the barrister: “Can I just tell you that I regard that as being wholly incapable of belief?”
Fernandes was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.
The convicted paedophile downloaded images of child abuse less than a week after being released on bail for similar offences.
David Lake continued to defy court orders designed to prevent him from offending.
The 37-year-old, of Clark Terrace, Cross Green, Leeds, has two previous convictions for accessing extreme pornographic images and indecent images dating back to 2014 and was jailed for 20 months in 2017.
Lake pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order, failure to comply with notification requirements, possessing prohibited images of children and three counts of making indecent images of children.
He was jailed for a year-and-a-half, made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
A self-proclaimed ‘foolish’ paedophile, he was caught travelling to York to meet a’ 14-year-old girl’.
William Lance, 83, took a train to meet the youngster who was actually a decoy with a sting arranged by a group called North West Hebephile Hunters.
Online paedophile hunters halted grandad William Lance, of Keswick Road, Redcar, who told them: “I was bloody foolish”.
A further investigation by the police also found two indecent images of young girls on his phone.
The ex-British Steel worker and father-of-seven was jailed for a year after pleading guilty to attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity, attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming, attempting to have a sexual communication with a child and two counts of making an indecent photo of a child. He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.
A Leeds PhD graduate who downloaded nearly 40,000 indecent images of children, he was jailed for nine months.
Police found the still and moving images on John Embery’s laptop and hard drives in August 2018.
The 54-year-old, of Oak Royd, Garforth, had been given a suspended prison sentence in 2012 after being convicted of 21 counts of making indecent images of children.
A man travelled to a Leeds park to meet what he believed was a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Craig Clayton was snared in an online sting by paedophile hunter group Predator Exposure.
The 41-year-old dad pleaded guilty to attempting to cause a girl under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming.
The court was told Clayton, now of Chapelfield Lane, Penistone, Barnsley, had to move out of his Armley home because he started being harassed by people gathering outside his home.
He was handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, with requirements to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and 30 days of rehabilitation activity.
The convicted child sex offender from Leeds has avoided jail after getting caught downloading indecent images of children for a second time.
Jack Lancaster was subject to a sexual harm prevention order when he accessed four images of children being abused.
The 23-year-old was handed a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of making indecent images of children and one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
He had also been given a suspended prison sentence in 2015 after downloading more than 1,000 indecent images of children and befriending a 12-year-old girl on Facebook who he then persuaded to send him semi-naked photos of herself.
Lancaster was handed a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with requirements to complete the Horizon programme and 30 days of rehabilitation activity.
He was also made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offender register for 10 years.
A computer engineering graduate with a porn addiction, he was caught with indecent images of children.
Nadeem Hussain had 122 category A images, 42 category B images and 363 category C images and software capable of recovering deleted files.
The 31-year-old, of Hawkshead Road, Sheffield, admitted three counts of making indecent images.
He was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years.
The loner claimed he downloaded photos and videos of children being raped out of ‘curiosity’.
Stephen Cowap was caught with thousands of indecent images but continued to deny being sexually interested in children.
The 45-year-old, of Slaithwaite Road in Holmfirth, was handed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty at the first opportunity to three counts of making indecent images of children.
Cowap was handed a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with requirements to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity and 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
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A convicted sex offender from Leeds, he was caught downloading hundreds of indecent images yet again.
Nigel Green downloaded child abuse images and breached a sexual harm prevention order by deleting his internet search history.
The 49-year-old, of Brooklands Towers, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photos of children and one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
He has four previous convictions for 32 similar offences.
Green was handed a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
He was also placed on the sex offender register for 10 years and made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
The sex offender, who downloaded more than 1,300 ‘disgusting’ images of child abuse, was caught out by American authorities who spotted his offending on a chat site.
Shaun Buddery had uploaded an image to the site in November 2017 and the offending picture was passed over to South Yorkshire Police.
The 55-year-old’s home was searched by officers in September 2018 and three computers were found to contain 344 category A images – the worst kind, 112 category B images and 926 category C images.
Prosecutor David Hall said the images found were of particularly vulnerable children and a high volume had been downloaded.
Buddery, of Ellis Crescent, New Rossington, Doncaster, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children at the first opportunity and was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with a requirement to carry out 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
Buddery was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order.
A paedophile from Holmfirth was caught with an indecent video of a child.
Police found the category A video of a child being abused when they checked Daniel Howes’ computer and phone in July 2018.
Leeds Crown Court heard he had been convicted of four counts of possessing indecent images of children two years earlier.
The 29-year-old was handed a suspended sentence after the court was told he had successfully completed a course aimed at addressing his offending behaviour.
Howes, of Fairfields Road, Holmbridge, pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of a child.
Howes was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement and abide by an electronically-monitored curfew for three months.
He was also made subject to a seven-year sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders register for seven years.
Former CSI Robert Sheridan
The crime scene investigator told police he was ‘stressed and lonely’ after being caught with more than a dozen child abuse photos and videos.
Robert Sheridan, of Ringwood Way, Pontefract, had downloaded images of girls and boys as young as around one year old being abused – some of which were in the most serious category.
The 43-year-old paedophile was handed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity to three counts of making indecent images of children.
Sheridan was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with requirements to complete 40 sessions of an accredited programme and 25-35 hours of rehabilitation activity.
He was also made subject to a five-year sexual harm prevention order.
Sheridan worked for West Yorkshire Police at the time of his arrest after transferring from South Yorkshire Police in 2016 and has since been barred from policing.
The paedophile from Huddersfield downloaded thousands of images of child abuse – including a video of a child being raped.
Craig Cartin was caught with more than 8,000 indecent images – some of which were in the most serious category – after deleting them.
The 45-year-old was handed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children.
He was handed a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity.
He was also made subject to a seven-year sexual harm prevention order.
Former teacher Beth Hannay
The former teacher was caught downloading indecent images of children again.
Dr Beth Hannay was found with 11 of the images on an iPad and a laptop in her home in Netherwood Avenue in Castleford in 2019.
The 55-year-old, who was born Andrew Ward but identifies as a woman, was also in breach of a sexual harm prevention order by having the images.
The order had been made at Bolton Crown Court in 2012 after Hannay pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including making and possessing indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornographic images and possessing prohibited images.
Thousands of indecent images, ‘instruction material’ on how to abuse children and images of extreme sexual activity with animals were found on a laptop and computer devices in her home in Lostock in 2011.
She was suspended from working at Canon Slade School in Bradshaw, Bolton after the raid and moved to Yorkshire before being jailed for a year, the Manchester Evening News reported at the time.
Hannay pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
Ward was handed a three-year community order with requirements to complete an accredited sexual offending programme and 35 days of rehabilitation activity. She was also made to sign to sex offender register for five years.
An actor from Leeds who claims he is addicted to downloading indecent images of children.
Police caught Roger Rowley with hundreds of indecent and prohibited images of children in 2019.
The then 33-year-old told police he had been collecting the images since he was 17 years old and had planned to stop doing so before his next birthday – comparing it to a heroin addiction.
Rowley, now aged 34, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photos of children and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.
Rowley was handed a three-year community order with requirements to complete a sexual offender programme and 40 days of rehabilitation activity.
He was placed on the sex offender register for five years and made subject to a five-year sexual harm prevention order.
A man with a significant learning disability asked what he believed was a 12-year-old girl to sexually touch herself.
Michael Jones messaged the ‘child’ online over a 17-day period starting from Halloween last year.
He had actually been messaging a 34-year-old woman from the group the Elusive Child Protection Unit.
The pair’s conversation moved to WhatsApp where Jones told the ‘child’ that her parents could not see their encoded messages.
The 37-year-old usually lives with his other sister, who is his full-time carer, in Littlemoor Grove in Mirfield.
Jones pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and two counts of attempting to cause or incite a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Jones was handed a three-year community order with requirements to complete a 60-day sex offender treatment programme called New Me Strengths and 30 days of rehabilitation activity.
He was also made subject to a five-year sexual harm prevention order.
A paedophile was found to have photographs of Barnsley schoolchildren and a hard drive full of child porn.
Glyn Forrester’s internet browser history showed ‘disturbing’ search terms and some images downloaded from the internet were of the most extreme category.
The 33-year-old married dad, of West Street, Hoyland, Barnsley, admitted making indecent images of children and possession of prohibited or extreme pornographic images.
Forrester, who was supported by a letter written by his wife, was sentenced to a three-year community order with requirements to complete 40 sessions of a sex offenders treatment programme, 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days and 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was also made subject to a seven-year sexual harm prevention order.
The paedophile who tried to meet an ‘underage girl’ at an airport continued to send vile pictures and sick sexual messages to decoys set up by a paedophile hunting group while under investigation.
Ryan Connolly, 28, was caught in a sting by paedophile hunting group For Our Kids UK.
Connolly, of Manor Farm Road, Doncaster, admitted attempting sexual communication with a child, attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child, attempting sexual communication with a child, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
He has the mental age of a nine-year-old and had been diagnosed with autism.
Connolly was handed a three-year community order with requirements to carry out 60 days of rehabilitation activity and 35 sessions of a sex offenders treatment programme.
He was also made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
The convicted paedophile who once groomed a young girl and tried to meet her was given an 18-month community order after breaching a court order by deleting his internet browser history.
James Darker, from Sheffield, was handed a suspended prison sentence in February 2019 for attempting to meet the girl and attempting to engage in sexual communication.
The 37-year-old had already breached a sexual harm prevention order in April 2019 and did so again when police found he had deleted his browser history including visits to pornographic sites.
There was no evidence to contradict Darker’s claims he was visiting adult pornographic sites rather than any illegal websites.
Kieron Cunliffe AKA Kieran McGowan AKA MistaKay
The paedophile rapper from Doncaster had images of child sex abuse, sexually abused a toddler and took indecent images of that toddler.
Kieron Cunliffe, of Balby Road, Doncaster, admitted six charges in relation to the toddler.
Cunliffe, who also goes by the name of Kieran McGowan and previously lived in Horsham in West Sussex, also admitted two counts of making indecent images of a child and possession of indecent images in relation to offences dating back to 2017.
The now 25-year-old, also known by his moniker Mistakay, will be sentenced for both sets of offences next week.
A paedophile accessed thousands of indecent images as well as images of sexual abuse of animals.
Simon Rimmer pleaded guilty to six charges of making indecent images of children and a single charge of possession of an extreme pornographic photograph, namely sex with a pig.
The 57-year-old, of The Paddock, Adwick le Street, Doncaster, had more than 3,000 indecent images including 690 in the most serious category.
He will be sentenced next month.
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