May 2017

Pervert collected hundreds of child sex abuse pictures and videos

A loner who spent four hours a day viewing pornography collected hundreds of pictures and videos of child sex abuse, a court heard.

Jack Merrell posed as 40-year-old American as he attempted to trade sexually explicit pictures with children.

In fact most of the people who traded pictures with him were paedophiles, Bristol Crown Court was told as he was sentenced for a total of 17 charges relating to indecent pictures.

Merrell, of Maywood Crescent, Fishponds, pleaded guilty to three charges of distributing indecent images via a website, messaging service and e-mail.

The 22-year-old also admitted three charges relating to indecent images found on three of his computers, seven charges of attempting to cause a child to watch sexual activity and four charges of attempting to incite a child into engaging in sexual activity.

Authorities in the USA detected his child abuse trading activities and Bristol police knocked on his door.

Michael Hall, prosecuting, said Merrell sent out a naked photo of a man in his 40s who was sexually aroused.

Although he asked for sexually explicit images in return from what he thought were children, his requests were frequently denied.

He was found to have 394 child abuse images and 135 child abuse videos.

Merrell was put on a sex offender programme for two years and told to register as a sex offender for ten years.

He was handed a ten-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order prohibiting unchecked internet use.