Pervert sent undercover cop picture of his bum thinking she was 13 years old
A pervert sent a picture of his bare backside and another of him indecently exposed in the bath to an undercover police officer believing she was a 13-year-old girl.
Christopher Lloyd, 40, of Blantyre Street, Runcorn was given a suspended sentence and a raft of rehabilitation measures and sex offence requirements at Chester Crown Court on Monday.
Lloyd had pleaded guilty to eight counts in all, three relating to the erotic images of himself sent to the covert cyber cop and the rest for possession and making indecent or prohibited images of children after investigators discovered child abuse images downloaded onto his iPod and HP laptop following the online sting.
Jayne Morris, prosecuting, said nine of the photographs were of the most serious kind, Category A, but defence counsel Steven Nikolich said five of these were the same picture.
Miss Morris added that factory worker LLoyd also had eight indecent images in Category B and 85 in Category C, plus 20 prohibited images.
A trawl of his search history revealed terms relating to ‘kids naked’ and also explicit activity involving ‘very young girls’.
Miss Morris said the defendant’s vile images featured ‘predominantly females aged four to 16’.
She said Lloyd’s unsuspecting contact with the police officer took place over about a month via the Kik messenger app and someone by the name of ‘ChrisLloyd77’ during March last year.
An internet protocol address search linked the account to the defendant’s devices.
Contact with him led to him sending an image of him indecently exposed in the bath, a similar one of him lying on a bed, another of him in his underwear and one ‘showing his backside’.
The court heard the officer had made it clear that she was presenting herself as 13 years old and ‘at school’ and that Lloyd had said he was 39 years old.
Judge Simon Berkson, presiding, said it was not possible for the court to assess the nature of those communications or whether the textual content exhibited ‘grooming’ behaviour as transcripts were not provided in evidence.
Lloyd had pleaded guilty to eight counts in all, three of those for attempting to entice a child to watch indecent images.
On Monday, Judge Berkson sentenced him to 12 months in total in prison, suspended for two years, adding that where a court had the option of a short or long sentence where there was a ‘positive sign of rehabilitation, the court should seek rehabilitation’.
He placed Lloyd on the sex offenders register for 10 years, ordered him to complete 100 hours unpaid work plus a 20-hour rehabilitation requirement and subjected him to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He also ordered the destruction of his seized devices.
Sentencing Lloyd, the judge said: “These offences included possession or making Category A images of children, they being the most serious category.
“There are nine such images, they are very serious images and every one involves a child being abused.”
He added: “However, (counts) six, seven and eight cover you trying to engage someone of 13 years of age to watch a sexual act.
“You took some photographs of yourself in the bath and of your erect penis and sent them to someone you believed to be 13.
“This is a very troubling, bearing in mind what’s on your computer.”