Vile paedophile told boy to drug sister and abuse her while unconscious
A cyber paedophile from Runcorn who urged a young internet user to drug his sister then sexually assault her on camera has been jailed.
Sick internet predator Samuel Whitby, 26, of Beacon Hill View, Weston Point, tried to groom online around ten 13-16 year olds via Yahoo chat, email and the Kik Messenger app, asking them to fulfil his depraved requests on camera.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to incite a child to engage a child in sexual activity, one involving two internet users who said they were 13 and 14 and were involved in requests for the most serious sex acts, and another count in connection with nine purported young teenagers aged 13 to 16.
The court heard the sister who he wanted to be abused while unconscious was 21 years old.
Whitby, who appeared in the dock lank-haired and wearing a casual black patterned jumper, also admitted three counts of distributing indecent images: 89 of the worst type in Category A, 58 in Category B and 30 in Category C as well as six prohibited images involving cartoon or CGI characters.
The offences spanned September 2014 to January 2017.
Mandy Nepal, prosecuting, told Chester Crown Court on Monday that it was never established whether the individuals that Whitby was in “persistent and sexually explicit” communication with were the ages they said they were, as they never came forward.
Judge Patrick Thompson said there was no evidence to suggest they were any other age, stressing that the case had not resulted from a paedophile-hunter group sting.
Miss Nepal said Whitby was busted after officers searched his property in January 2017 and seized his mobile phone.
Analysis of the device revealed hundreds of foul images of abuse including some videos – ranging in length from 24 seconds to over two minutes, and involving boys and girls aged two to 15 years.
His web history confirmed his sexual interest in young children and also visits to websites featuring “erotic fiction and fantasy stories” and “incest” sites.
The court heard details of examples of the horrendous abuse involved in the images recovered.
In interview he said he “felt disgusted about viewing” the images and claimed he did not think a purported teenage boy he was in contact with was as young as he said.
Judge Thompson sentenced Whitby to four years and six months in prison, slapped him with a life time Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and ordered him to spend the rest of his life on the sex offenders register.
Whitby must also pay a £1,700 in victim surcharge.