Sex offender was ‘administrator’ of online chat featuring child abuse images
A sex offender has been branded a danger to children after police found a collection of sickening child abuse images and an explicit chat with an underage boy at his home.
Dennis Davies, 26, received images from other users of an online messenger app group chat, of which he was an “administrator”, Teesside Crown Court heard on Thursday.
Using a pseudonym, he told others of his extreme sexual interests including “young sex” and the rape of girls, said prosecutor Jane Waugh.
Police raided his home and found 263 indecent images of children, some involving children as young as two to three bound and distressed, on his phone last September.
The pictures included 66 at the worst category in law and 45 videos, and the court heard disturbing details of some of the images.
Davies admitted making indecent photographs of children, as well as possessing a prohibited image depicting “cartoon” children and an extreme pornographic image involving an animal.
Officers also discovered an online chat with a 15-year-old boy, who has never been traced, in which they exchanged pictures of each other’s private parts.
He told police: “Whatever you found on my phone is mine.”
Davies, of Easton Street, Thornaby, admitted attempting to cause or incite an underage boy to engage in sexual activity.
Already a convicted sex offender, he admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order by contacting the boy and failing to comply with notification by not registering two aliases with police.
And he was under a suspended sentence for a previous breach of the sexual offences prevention order.
He was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 18 months in Exeter in 2010 for sexual activity with a girl under 13.
Duncan McReddie, mitigating, said: “There is no alternative to an immediate term of imprisonment.
“It’s clear that Mr Davies suffers from a personality disorder.
“Personality disorder leads to distorted thinking. It’s clear that he suffers from other issues, hence the presence of his psychiatric nurse.
“They do not provide excuses for offending of this type, however it’s clear Mr Davies has a difficulty thinking these matters through.”
The judge, Recorder Dayfdd Enoch QC, told Davies: “Your case is an extremely worrying one.
“You are a man with extreme sexual tastes which you are not afraid to indulge. Unfortunately they involve children.
“It’s clear to me that you are a danger to children.
“You have very little or no insight into the damage and misery that your tastes encourage.
“Without people like you, this sort of material would not exist because there has to be somebody who wants to look at it. But I don’t think you care much about that.
“It’s difficult to even think about such things let alone talk about them in public.”
He jailed Davies for 46-and-a-half months, of which he will serve two-thirds before he can apply for parole, plus five years’ extended licence.
Davies was given a new indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
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