June 2016

Teesside loner shared indecent images of children

A LONER who shared indecent images of children with paedophiles to “feel important” was last night starting an 18-month prison sentence.

Jordan Shipman was said by his lawyer to be isolated and spent too much of his life talking to strangers in chatrooms and on social media sites.

He was arrested at his home in a Thornaby, near Stockton, after experts spotted he had been sending child abuse pictures and videos to Youtube.

An examination of Shipman’s computer showed he had uploaded 138 images, and a further nine were found on the 22-year-old’s mobile phone.

Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday that he told police he had started communicating with others online about eight months before he was arrested.

Robert Mochrie, mitigating, said: “The root of this offending behaviour lies in Mr Shipman’s low self-esteem. He has been bullied all his life.

“He finds comfort spending time on his own in his home address, having little interaction with anyone. He has never had any sort of relationship other than those online.

“It is quite clear he has spent far too much time on social websites. When he found out that these other people had an interest in such images, he sent them to feel important.”

Shipman, of Mansfield Avenue, Thornaby, admitted charges of making and distributing indecent images of children.

Judge Stephen Ashurst also put him on the sex offenders’ register for ten years, and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which limits his internet use.

The judge told him: “You also downloaded images of children and you say in your pre-sentence report that you did not get any sexual satisfaction from doing that.

“Whether that’s true or not, you must have known that some of the images were particularly disgusting, and distributing and passing them into other people is a serious crime.”