October 2016

Pervert recorded himself sexually abusing a schoolgirl – Jailed


Pervert Clifford Manley sexually abused a schoolgirl – and kept videos of the attacks on his computer.

Police found photographs and video footage of several assaults when they raided the 47-year-old’s Kidsgrove home.

Now he has been jailed for a total of seven years and four months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, after admitting 11 sex offences.

The court heard the full extent of Manley’s crimes came to light when police seized his computer equipment after receiving a tip-off that he was in possession of indecent images of children.

It was only when officers examined the contents that they discovered he had also photographed abuse he had carried out himself.

Prosecutor Howard Searle said: “The police received information that the defendant was in possession of images and went to his then home address in Kidsgrove on June 15.

“They seized three laptops, a thumb drive and memory cards.”

Officers found hundreds of indecent images of children on the equipment, including more than 80 he had taken while abusing his victim.

Mr Searle said: “There was no evidence of internet searches for the images. It appears he has received them from another. The images were of pre and post-pubescent girls.

“When the defendant was interviewed he accepted swapping images, but said none of them were of the girl he had sexually assaulted.”

Manley went on to plead guilty to four offences of sexual assault of a child under 13; assault of a child under 13 by penetration; three charges of taking indecent photographs of children; and three offences of making indecent photographs of children.

Jailing Manley, of Lawton Avenue, Church Lawton, Judge Timothy Smith said: “You recorded your abuse of your victim. You must have kept those recordings for your own later sexual gratification.

“Regarding the other images, for people who sit in the comfort of their own home watching this abuse, they may think it is not really happening.

“But these are also real children being exploited for the sexual gratification of people such as yourself.”

Judge Smith also imposed a sexual harm prevention order preventing Manley from having contact with children, except in specified circumstances.