July 2018

Pervert viewed live streams of babes being abused

A “depraved” pervert watched babies being abused while bragging to other about sexual acts he wanted to carry out on youngsters.

Chris Hatherley viewed live streams of the indecent material as he chatted to other users of an online application and requested videos of children crying due the sexual assaults they were subjected to.

In some instances, the child being abused was a baby and in others was aged between two and three-years-old, Southampton Crown Court heard.

Police searched the 35-year-old’s home following online information, seizing his computers and mobile phone.

Jane Terry, prosecuting, told the court a disturbing set of communications with other users of apps such as ‘Kick’ were present.

In some of the conversations, Miss Terry said, Hatherley would comment on how much he enjoyed the material and also what acts he wanted to carry out on the abused himself.

He was subsequently arrested.

Miss Terry added: “In his interview Hatherley said he had a huge problem and was crying. He said at the time he was under the influence of drugs. He explained he did not know why it started.”

Judge Nicholas Rowland said: “These images represent dreadful abuse of babies and children. It’s serious.

“And it’s because of people like you that they are made because an audience wants to watch it.”

Hatherley, of Arnheim Road, Bassett, pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting the commission of an either way offence.

He was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, which includes the requirement to complete at least 45 days rehabilitation activity requirements and 150 hours unpaid work.

A sexual harm prevention order was made, which banned Hatherley from using a chat room for 10 years.