Predatory apps used for their sick web chats with children
In Merseyside courts we often see disgusting pedophiles engaging in sick web chats with children they target online.
Sometimes predators try to talk to a child only to be duped by plainclothes police or pedophile hunter groups.
But other times, they manage to tell the children about their vile fantasies.
There are certain applications that appear time and time again in these types of court cases.
Pedophiles can use these platforms to care for and abuse children – or at least try to do so.
In one case, pedophile John Smith was previously convicted of using Snapchat to target young boys – before returning and grooming another boy on the app, encouraging him to meet.
These are some of the apps frequently used by predators trying to hunt and target unsuspecting victims.
Snapchat is a popular social media app that allows users to upload images which then “self-destruct”.
One of the great features of Snapchat is that you can see where users are based on their location, although users must enable this feature for it to work.
Dangerous pedophile John Smith met a boy after speaking on Snapchat and continued to sexually abuse him.
Smith, 24, was previously convicted in 2019 for using the platform to send photos of his penis to boys, but that didn’t deter him from coming back to Snapchat and grooming a child.
He encouraged the boy to meet him on several occasions where he kissed him and later sexually assaulted him.
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The boy’s mom said, “I feel like I don’t know my own son at all.”
Smith, formerly of School Way, Speke, was labeled a “dangerous” offender and jailed for four years and six months, with a three-year extension on the license.
Kik is an application that allows users to send messages to others for free.
It is also an app that has appeared in several court cases involving predators who use it to try to talk to children.
Pedophile Wayne Collins sent sex photos to two “girls” he met via Kik.
The 29-year-old thought he was chatting with children when he discussed sex and uploaded nude photos of himself online, but in reality he was talking with an undercover cop.
Collins, who has no previous convictions, admitted uploading and detaining indecent pictures of a child, two counts of attempting to communicate sexually with a child, two counts of attempting to induce a child to engage in an activity sexual and two counts of attempting to induce a child to look at the image of a person engaging in sexual activity.
He was jailed for 20 months and sentenced to register for sex offenders and comply with a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.
In 2017, a man from Wirral even used the Kik messaging app to exchange images of child sexual abuse with other pedophiles.
Brandon Doyle, 20, was surprised when a young parent played on his iPad, which was later turned over to the police.
It was discovered that he had distributed 43 images of child sexual abuse through Kik.
He was sentenced to 16 months suspended for two years and sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work, 35 Rehabilitation activity requirements.
Doyle was also ordered to sign the sex offender registry for ten years, a sexual harm prevention order for the same period was imposed.
Michael Hollywood, 49, also used Kik to upload 33 indecent images of children, including 82 more from the Mega cloud storage platform.
He was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence for two years, plus requirements, earlier this month.
Thomas Walker used both WhatsApp and Kik Messenger to arrange the assault on a toddler and an 11-year-old girl.
The father of four said on the platforms that he was “in love with young girls” and “had no limits”, but in reality the pervert was talking with two plainclothes policemen who used a decoy profile to fool him.
He said he “couldn’t wait to see the kids”, and asked if it was okay for him to “fuck them” before arranging to meet twice.
Walker, 40, failed to show up both times, so officers raided his home and found a vile hiding place, including indecent images of babies and animal pornography, and evidence that he was sharing files online.
He started talking to agents on the FabSwingers website on July 30, 2019, before chatting on WhatsApp and Kik Messenger.
Walker admitted two counts of encouraging or intentionally assisting the commission of sexual offenses, three counts of uploading indecent images of children, three counts of distributing indecent images of children and one count of possession of extreme pornography.
He was imprisoned for three and a half years.
A pedophile threatened to rape and kidnap a 12-year-old girl using the popular social media app Instagram.
Christopher Wildman, 46, also asked the schoolgirl for pictures of herself and told her he wanted her to dress up in costumes.
The victim initially said Wildman was “nice” and “called her baby.”
But he then sent her pictures of half-naked girls and said he wanted to “do that kind of thing to her.”
Wildman said he “would like to kidnap her” and said, “I would rape you.”
He told the girl he was 40 and knew she was 12 when he asked her to send him a photo, which she refused to do.
Wildman also “asked if she had watched porn” and asked her if she had committed sexual acts, in messages sent over two to three months, ending in October 2018.
The girl later informed her parents, who contacted the police and arrested Wildman.
The pervert, from Windleshaw Road, St Helens, who had no previous convictions, initially denied having sex with a child but ultimately admitted the charge.
He was sentenced last month when the court heard he had no problems in the more than two years since.
Wildman was sentenced to nine months in prison, an 18-month suspended sentence, 60-day mandatory rehab activity, and 60 hours of unpaid work.
He must register for sex offenders and comply with an SHPO for 10 years and an indefinite restraining order preventing him from approaching his victim’s school or home has also been issued to him. imposed.
A pedophile posed as a doctor in a chat room, giving “free checks” on Skype.
Skype is software that enables online video chat and is used both for one-on-one communication and for group chats.
A court heard that James Flaherty had sent obscene messages to an “11-year-old boy” and asked him to perform a sexual act.
The 23-year-old also messaged a 12-year-old girl asking her to send pictures of her sexual acts on herself, although a prosecutor said it could not be confirmed that she was definitely a child.
In a sick post, Flaherty wrote: “My sister is pregnant, I am planning to make love to her.”
Flaherty, of The Elms, Dingle, has no previous convictions.
He admitted two counts of attempted sexual communication with a child, two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child and two counts of attempting to incite a girl under 13 years of engaging in sexual activities.
Flaherty was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.
He was also ordered to sign the Lifetime Sex Offender Register and an indefinite Sexual Abuse Prevention Order was also imposed.