Paedophile unwittingly sent sick photo of young girl to undercover police officer
A paedophile has been jailed after unwittingly sending a sick photo of a young girl to an undercover police officer.
Antony Clare, 57, believed he was sharing the indecent image with another pervert, named Paul, on a chat site.
Under the name ‘John’, Clare contacted Paul for about three months and they talked about their ‘sexual interest in children’, Manchester Crown Court heard.
But Clare, from Salford, was in fact being snared by an investigation launched by the Metropolitan Police into the abuse of children online.
Little did Clare know, ‘Paul’ was an undercover officer who was gathering evidence against him.
In the course of their conversations, Clare said he had travelled to Cambodia at least once a year for the past 14 years and had sex with the local girls.
As the conversations continued, Clare sent an indecent image of a young girl, believed to be eight years old, to the officer.
The Met Police tracked Clare down and after realising he lived in Salford, they handed over the case to Greater Manchester Police.
Officers raided his home in June 2015 and recovered a mobile phone.
The phone had 64 indecent images of children on it, ranging from the most serious category A to the less serious category C.
There were also two images of extreme pornography.
Further phone investigations found that Clare had also been in contact with other sex offenders.
Judge David Stockdale QC sentenced Clare to 18 months in prison.
Addressing Clare, the judge said: “The possession of material of this kind is not a victimless crime.
Clare, of Liverpool Road, Irlam, was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and must comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention order, also for 10 years.