Baby-faced paedo pretended to hunt child abusers while sharing sick images of abuse online
A baby-faced young man who claimed to be a paedophile hunter wept as he was jailed for sharing images of child sex abuse online.
Liam Shorter, 22, said he was trying to snare abusers but never contacted police about suspicious activity. He later admitting to having a sexual interest in children.
He was arrested when officers raided his home in Otford, Kent, in July and found a laptop and tablet containing photographs and videos of child sexual abuse.
Shorter was charged with three counts of distributing indecent photos of children, seven counts of possessing indecent photos of children and one count of possessing an image portraying sex with an animal.
He plead guilty to all offences at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday and was jailed for 16 months.
Prosecutor Ian Foinette said when asked what kind of photographs he wanted in online chats, Shorter replied: ‘Young’.
He also asked for others to send him images of young relatives being abused and gave advice on how to find and trade indecent images of children.
Foinette said: ‘The Crown say he was well-versed in how to put up these images and trade them.’
Police found 55 indecent images on Shorter’s laptop, 38 of which were at the highest level of seriousness.
Foinette added: ‘He later claimed he was acting as a vigilante but that is not something he continues to rely on.’
Shorter, a restaurant kitchen porter, also had an extreme pornographic image of sex with animals. He wept as Judge Charles Macdonald QC jailed him and branded him a danger to the public.
Macdonald said it demonstrated a lack of remorse and insight that Shorter lied to a probation officer while awaiting sentence that he downloaded the images and swapped them in chatrooms to catch out others.
He said: ‘You have adopted a number of positions about this offending which initially were wholly insightless, and even now you minimise the offending. I don’t think you have come to terms with it and you are quite a danger.’
Shorter’s name will appear on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. A sexual harm prevention order was made for the same period.