October 2017

Luton sex beast who applied to join child paedophile ring given suspended sentence

A Luton man who accessed a child sexual abuse images chatroom 88 times and applied to join a paedophile ring has been given a suspended sentence.

Contruction engineer Michael Sheehan, 54, possessed 981 illegal images of child abuse including some of the most serious category A images showing rape and sexual abuse.

He employed the usernames Maxx, New and Chaz to enter the chatroom 88 times between 22 July 2015 and 17 February 2016.

Every time he entered, pre-recorded videos of child sexual abuse were shown.

Sheehan committed the offences from 2014 until August 2016, when he was arrested.

Today at Luton Crown Court, he was sentenced to two years in jail suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to pay £4,000 to cover the costs of forensic examination of his computers.

Sheehan used The Onion Router – anonymising software – in a bid to hide his tracks but National Crime Agency officers seized two laptops, a desktop computer and storage devices where they found evidence.

They also found an application form for a paedophile ring involved in sharing images and contact abuse.

Sheehan had discussed his interest in raping young boys and and encouraged others to use access codes to the chat room.

He admitted three counts of watching streamed child abuse; three counts of making indecent photographs of a child; possessing an extreme pornographic image and possession of a prohibited image of a child.