April 2019

Disabled man busted by cops posing as underage kids

A disabled man who started using social media to combat loneliness ended up sending sexually explicit videos to what we thought were children he was talking to online. 

Lee Challinor, who suffers from cerebral palsy, didn’t realise that some of the youngsters he was chatting to were actually undercover police officers.

When detectives caught up with Challinor, they discovered he had been in touch with 10 other profiles who appeared to be children, including one abroad, although investigations could not actually establish that they were in fact minors.

Challinor, 47, sent videos of himself performing a sex act, and asked one boy of 13 to meet him at a hotel in London for sex.

And police found he had indecent images of kids on his phone and computers, with evidences some of them have been distributed.

Judge Niclas Parry said over a two and a half years Challinor had engaged in “highly sexualised, crude and vulgar” social  media conversations with at least 12 individuals he believed to be children aged between 12 and 15.

The contact and the sexual communication was initiated by him, and the amount of communication was substantial. 

It involved him encouraging them to engage in sexual acts on themselves and caused them to watch himself engaging in sexual acts.

Challinor, of Queensway in Wrexham , admitted 26 offences – attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to cause a child to look at images of himself indulging in an indecent act, and attempting to have sexual communication with a child.

He also admitted making 14 category A images of child sex abuse; 20 at category B and 92 at category C.

Challinor admitted possessing a prohibited image of a child, possessing four extreme images involving humans and animals, and three charges of  
distributing indecent images of child sex abuse.

Judge Parry jailed Challinor for 32 months.

Disabled man from Wrexham to be jailed for sex offences

A DISABLED man from Wrexham has admitted a series of sex offences following an investigation by police.

Lee Barry Challinor, 42, believed he was speaking to youngsters over the internet but it turned out to be police officers posing as children.

An investigation showed he had also been in touch with others he believed to be children, including some abroad.

He had made and distributed indecent images of children, a court heard.

Challinor, of Queensway in Caia Park, appeared in the dock at Mold Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a total of 26 offences.

Judge Rhys Rowlands ordered a pre-sentence report and said custody was inevitable.

Challinor was bailed on condition that he has no unsupervised contact with children, pending sentence on March 19.

A pre-sentence report will be prepared by the probation service.

The offences include attempting to cause a child to engage in se.ual activity, attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to cause a child to look at images of himself indulging in an indecent act, and attempting to have sexual communication with a child.

He is further charged with making 14 category A images of child sex

abuse, 20 at category B and 92 at category C.

Challinor is charged with possessing a prohibited image of a child, possessing four extreme images involving humans and animals, and three charges of distributing indecent images of child sex abuse.

His barrister, Sion ap Mihangel, said his client no longer used any form of chat logs.

He said an adjournment for a pre-sentence report would give his client an opportunity to put his affairs in order.