Fenham man avoids jail after sending indecent video of a child as a ‘joke’ to a pal
A pervert has avoided a stint behind bars after he claimed he sent an indecent video of a child to a pal as a “joke”.
Police arrested Sahil Sharif after they found the sick recording on his friend’s phone and later discovered he had been the sender.
However, officers also found a further indecent video and a pseudo image on the 20-year-old’s mobile and iPad Mini, both of which showed a naked child, a court heard.
Prosecutors said that, although Sharif hadn’t physically made the videos or picture, he had downloaded them when they’d been sent to him and he had forwarded one on to his pal.
When arrested, he told officers he “wasn’t a paedo” and thought the recordings and image were “a joke”.
Now, Sharif, of Lewis Drive, Fenham, Newcastle, has been given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, after he pleaded guilty to one count of distributing an indecent photograph of a child on a date prior to July 20 2016.
He denied two further counts of making an indecent image but was found guilty after trial.
Clare Irving, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, said: “This defendant comes to the attention of the police because the arrest another male and on that male’s electrical devices is an indecent image of a child, which has been sent by this defendant.
“The defendant is cautioned and arrested at his place of work and his iPhone and iPad Mini seized.”
The court was told that, in total, two videos and one pseudo image were recovered, one of which was classed as category B and two of category C.
Ms Irving added: “The defendant is interviewed under caution in respect of the images. He was asked about [the one sent to his friend]. He said, ‘There’s nowt to it, I forwarded it on, there’s nothing to it. I’m not a paedo or anything’.”
The court was told Sharif accepted distributing one video but denied having the other one or the picture.
As well as the suspended sentence, Sharif, who has no past convictions, was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 24 months.