June 2018

Convicted sex offender jailed for sharing sick child abuse images online

A convicted sex offender who shared sick images of child abuse with other perverts on the internet has been jailed.

Liam Durnion sexually assaulted a woman in May 2016 by grabbing and kissing her on the lips as she waited at a bus stop, forcing her to bite him in a bid to get him off.

For that offence, the 22-year-old walked free from court but was made to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

As part of that order, police officers attended his South Shields home later that year and, when asked about his mobile phone, he confessed “I may have images of children on it”, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

The device was seized and, in total, 120 indecent photos and videos of youngsters – including 70 of the most serious kind, which involve penetrative sexual activity – were discovered.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told the court that Durnion had also used search phrases such as “underage rape fantasy stories” and “pre-teen incest” to find the sickening images.

A search of Durnion’s chat logs on social media site Kik revealed he had shared 14 pictures with three other users.

Mr Pallister added: “It became apparent from the inquiries, conversations had taken place between the parties and they had exchanged indecent images.

“It was identified that the defendant had distributed 14 indecent images of children.

“They were located on the device associated with Kik messenger.”

The court heard that the shared pictures showed females aged between six and 11-years-old.

Durnion, of Wosley Court, South Shields, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing indecent images of three of making indecent images of children.

Locking him up for 27 months, Judge Penny Moreland said: “Your position is worsened by the fact these offences were committed in breach of a community order imposed on July 5 2016 for sexual assault.”