October 2018

British paedophile who convinced American girl, eight, to take naked photos of her four-year-old sister as she slept is jailed

A British sex offender who convinced an eight-year-old American girl to take naked photographs of her little sister as she slept has been put behind bars after a transatlantic police investigation.

Kristian Lewis, who was subject to a sexual harm prevention order used a secret mobile phone to contact young children over the internet by claiming to be a 15-year-old boy.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 36-year-old sent 10,000 messages under the fake name and over a period of just eight days had contacted 24 young children, who he engaged in explicit, sexual chat while trying to convince them to take naked photographs to send to him.

A judge said there is ‘likely to be many more’ youngsters who were spoken to by Lewis, who was already banned from having any contact with children under the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

Lewis, formerly of South Shields, was arrested when police in Minnesota, USA, received a report from a worried mother who showed detectives a chatlog, from messenger site Kik, between her eight-year-old daughter and a UK stranger.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: ‘In the conversation, the defendant incited her to take indecent images of her four-year-old sister, who was asleep in the same bedroom at the time.

In the chat, he also tried to get her to take pictures of herself and engage in sexual activity with her younger sister.’ 

The court heard US detectives were able to trace the IP address of the sender who set up the account that had sent the messages to the little girl.

The information was then sent to Northumbria Police, who found a phone, that Lewis had not declared to his risk management officer, hidden in a wardrobe.

Two indecent pictures of the four-year-old, taken by her sister, were recovered from the device.

He had also kept a ‘clean’ phone, which he did declare to the authorities and would hand over for inspection, as required by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order imposed in 2015.

The order had been imposed as part of a suspended sentence, for having indecent images of children.

Lewis, of Tynedale Drive, Blyth, Northumberland, admitted two offences of breach of a sexual harm prevention order, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent photos of children.

Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced Lewis to five years and three months behind bars and said he must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.

The judge told him: ‘The US authorities tracked what had happened, theyinvestigated it, traced it to your IP address and informed the British police, who came and found the phone and exposed what had been going on.’

Judge Bindloss said Lewis poses a ‘high risk of serious harm to children’.

In 2015, Lewis was spared prison after being found with a sickening stash of more than 5,000 images of children being abused

October 2015

Pervert had 5,000 child abuse pictures – but is spared jail

KRISTIAN LEWIS

A pervert caught with a sickening stash of more than 5,000 images of children being abused has been spared jail.

Kristian Lewis’s shocking collection included a movie which showed a bound and terrified 10-year-old girl being subjected to a sexual ordeal.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the victims in some of the images showed obvious “pain and distress” at what was happening to them.

The horrific haul was seized when police raided Lewis’s South Shields home after a tip-off in October last year.

Lewis confessed he had an interest in adult pornography and “curiosity” led him to access images of children.

The 33-year-old admitted he had been viewing the illegal material since the summer.

The court heard the 5,094 images and movies had been downloaded from a peer to peer sharing site for paedophiles or from inputting words such as “teen pornography” into search engines.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court the majority of the images seized had originated from a paedophile website based in Eastern Europe, which was shut down in 2008.

Mr Wardlaw said: “None of the images or movies recovered from the defendant are new.

“The majority of then have been in existence for seven to eight years, from what is a now-closed-down paedophile website, a company that specialises in these movies in the Ukraine.”

Lewis, of Victoria Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children.

Judge Edward Bindloss said the “medium” risk Lewis poses of re-offending could be better managed and reduced by him participating in a sex offender programme rather than sending him to jail.

The judge sentenced him to 16 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with programme requirements and a life-long sexual harm prevention order to control his internet use.

Judge Bindloss told Lewis: “You admitted this was for your own sexual gratification.

“You have been open and candid about the sexual interest you were having in children.

“You would like to change that behaviour, change that attitude and address it.