May 2019

Man went to hotel to watch baby abuse

A man who arranged a meeting to watch the sexual abuse of a baby has been jailed for six years.

Mitchell Cass exchanged online messages with what he thought was a fellow paedophile but was actually an undercover police officer.

The 23-year-old, of Frizington, Cumbria, was arrested when he travelled to Lancaster where he believed he would meet the man and the baby in a hotel.

At Carlisle Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offences.

Hundreds of illegal images of children were found on his electronic devices, along with other online conversations.

Gathered over a month, Judge Peter Davies described the evidence as the “tip of the iceberg”.

Cass, of Yeathouse Road, admitted during interviews to having viewed indecent images and engaging in disturbing online conversations for six years.

He admitted attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence and encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence believing it would be committed.

He also admitted making and distributing indecent images.

March 2019

West Cumbria man admits indecent baby image crimes

A West Cumbrian man has appeared at North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court in Carlisle, charged with distributing and making indecent images of children, court papers lists approximately 1,686 of indecent images.

Mitchell Cass, 23, previously from the Frizington area, is currently in custody, he appeared in court by way of a video-link from prison and pleaded guilty to the five-charges.

The magistrates were given few details of the offences but, prosecutor Pam Fee did say the distribution charges relates to a two-week old baby.

There are three-charges of “making an indecent image of a child a photo / pseudo photograph” court papers list these categories as 536 of category A images.

The second charge is, 394 indecent images in category B and a third charge of 756-indecent images in category C.

Category A, is the most serious of indecent images which shows the rape and torture of children

The offences relate to on or before November 8, 2018.

There are a further two-charges that between 3 and 6 November 2018, he was involved in “distributing a number of “indecent images” of children. The five-offences took place in Frizington West Cumbria.

Mitchell Cass was remanded in custody to next appear at Carlisle Crown Court on March 7 for sentencing.