Wirral man swapped child sex abuse images on Kik Messenger
A Wirral man was caught out with images of child sexual abuse after a young relative was seen playing on his iPad.
The child’s mum took the device off her and as she saw some Kik chat messages which caused her concern she and her husband promptly took the iPad to Birkenhead police station.
When it was forensically analysed it was found to contain a total of 48 images in all three categories of seriousness in Brandon Doyle’s Kik Messenger application.
And during chats with other users of the application he had distributed 43 images, including the most serious type, three of them videos.
Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said: “It appeared from various messages that they were trading them, much as children used to exchange football stickers,”
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Doyle, whose “handle” was “Bored”, was arrested on November 12 last year after police went to the butchers where he worked.
He told them, “I don’t know anything about it” but when interviewed he admitted the offences.
20-year-old Doyle, of Price Street, Birkenhead , admitted six specimen offences of distributing indecent images of children and one of making 42 such images.
Imposing a 16 month jail sentence suspended for two years Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool said, “You’ve come very close to spending your 21st birthday in prison instead of being surrounded by your friends and family as no doubt you would like to do.
“You have come close to spending your 21st birthday in prison because you chose to become involved in his pernicious trade. Your interest in peddling pornography was not financial, it was purely motivated by sexual perversion.”
He said the offences were committed when “you were at a very low ebb” but pointed out that they do “enormous harm” and each child in the photographs was a victim. “The existence of this trade puts others at risk of being exploited.”
Judge Goldstone said it was clear from a pre-sentence report that Doyle “not only wanted help but you have started to avail yourself of help and you will undoubtedly benefit from it.”
He ordered him to attend a sex offenders treatment programme; carry out 150 hours unpaid work – pointing out that if it involved the catering world he would be an asset – and to take part in 35 days rehabilitation activities.
Doyle was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and the judge imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period.