August 2016

 Pervert talked about raping seven year old in Gibatribe network

A man who engaged in a “grotesque” online conversation about child abuse has been spared jail.

Andres Valez was found with 1,324 indecent images, including movies, of children on his laptop by police when they visited his home last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how officers also discovered he had been chatting to another person in an online chat room called Gibatribe.

The court heard how during the chat they discussed raping a child as young as seven.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said: “The defendant did accept when he was interviewed that he had been part of a network called Gibatribe and had current possession of indecent images.”

Valez, of St Michael’s Court, Gray Road, Sunderland, admitted three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child and two counts of possessing an indecent photograph of a child.

David Comb, defending, said: “He accepts he acquired the images deliberately.

“He’s embarrassed and ashamed by what he has done.

“He’s been on bail for the thick end of a year now without committing any offences or breaching bail.

“He’s 30-years-old and he has no previous convictions.

“He’s also married, his husband has not been in the full picture of what has gone on until today.

“He joined the conference for the first time today and it was clear it was the first time we confronted the detail of what the case involved.

“He does continue to be supportive and does appear to be keeping a closer eye on his partner.”

Judge Amanda Rippon told Valez: “I accept that the online chat you engaged in was fantasy but it’s grotesque fantasy and the photographs indicated a sign of risk to children.”

Judge Rippon sentenced Valez to 18 months in prison suspended for two years.

He is also required to abide by the sexual harm prevention order and sign as a sex offender for 10 years.