October 2017

Man jailed for indecent images

A convicted paedophile, who exchanged child sex abuse images and depraved conversations in an Internet group has been given an extended sentence of six years.

Aaran Amys, aged 30, must serve a jail term of 3 years 7 months with a further 2 years 5 months on an extended licence after the Judge said he regarded him as a dangerous offender.

Amys, who worked at a golf club, was caught after United States special agents investigated a messenger service being used by paedophiles, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Peter Shaw, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service said Amys, who used the names Superchip ’87 and Hi Hi, made sick fantasy posts such as: “I have a really sick and twisted fantasy I need to find someone to help me with it.”

He also posted vile comments about raping a girl and a baby girl and posted images on the site.

Mr Shaw said Amys’ former address in Walnut Court, Welwyn Garden City was raided by the police in February this year.

A Sony Experian phone was found charged up in a cavity below drawers in his bedroom and when it was examined by the police, two child sex abuse videos were discovered – one at Category B and one at Category C.

Amys appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty, on the day his trial was due to start, to distributing Category A images and possessing a Category B and a Category C image.

In 2012 he received a 4 week sentence suspended for 24 months.

In June 2016 he was fined for breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Jailing him, Judge Jonathan Carroll said: “I reject any suggestion you are devoid of sexual interest in children.

People who seek out this sort of material do so because they have a sexual interest in children. You have absolutely no insight into your sexuality and the harm it has to children. People such as you, who seek out and distribute this material, personally contribute to the serious sexual abuse of young children.”

The Judge said the remarks Amys made inviting paedophiles to sexually harm children were provocation and led him to the conclusion that he was, in legal terms, a dangerous offender.

In addition to the extended sentence, Amys must abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and register as a Sex Offender indefinitely.