114 paedophiles and perverts brought to justice this year in Merseyside

By Neil Docking

This is a list of 114 paedophiles and perverts linked to Merseyside jailed so far this year for depraved sex crimes.

The stomach turning list includes a paedophile who raped a girl at least 60 times, a sex attacker who tried to rape a teen, then did rape a gran, and a couple who raped a little boy then offered his mum cash.

Judges dealt with a sex offender who blamed his behaviour on an alter ego called 'Alex' and a paedophile whose video of him abusing a girl ended up being seen by her mum.

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They had to sentence a paedophile ex-vicar, an upskirt pervert, a KFC worker who sexually assaulted a colleague and a beast who dragged his victim into an alleyway in Liverpool city centre.

Courts heard details of how deviants collected disturbing images and in one case, even planned to have sex with a 13-year-old girl while her mum watched.

Meanwhile, a member of a gang who tortured and raped a man for hours was finally brought to justice after years at large.

Thanks to the bravery of victims who summoned the strength to report their abusers - and in some cases give evidence against them in trials - combined with the hard work of police, these twisted crooks were all locked up.

Dean Lockley

Dean Lockley, 30, from Aintree but of no fixed address (Liverpool Echo)

Dean Lockley dragged a schoolgirl into woodlands and sexually assaulted her in an "unimaginable" and "terrifying" ordeal.

The 30-year-old targeted the teenager as she walked home from school along the Loop Line in Aintree, near Orrell Park, at around 4pm.

The dad-of-one tied and gagged his victim - using her school uniform - stripped her naked and molested her, then claimed he was "sorry".

DNA linked him to the attack, near Helsby Road, on September 21, 2020, but Lockley, of no fixed address, denied any involvement.

Only after she identified him in a parade did he admit false imprisonment, sexual assault and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Lockley, from the Aintree area, had no previous convictions for sexual offences, but a record for violence including robberies and assault.

The cowardly beast said he was too ashamed to attend his sentencing, because he didn't want to listen to his horrific crimes laid bare.

He was sentenced in his absence, when Judge David Aubrey, QC, said his victim accepted she would die after he threatened to kill her.

Lockley was jailed for 12 years, with an extended five years on licence.

Steff Jones

Steff Jones, 19, of Marie Curie Avenue, Netherton (Merseyside Police)

Steff Jones had sexual activity with a schoolgirl and was caught with indecent images of another child.

Police said the "dangerous" 19-year-old, of Marie Curie Avenue, Netherton, preyed on two teenage victims.

He was arrested on October 23, 2020, after one of the girls found the courage to report him to the police.

Jones admitted sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of another girl.

He was jailed for four years.

Akash Sondhi

Akash Sondhi, 27, of Hedingham Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex (PA)

Akash Sondhi hacked into nearly 600 Snapchat accounts to force girls and women to send him "intimate images".

The 27-year-old blackmailed his victims by threatening to expose existing sexual photos to their friends and family.

He targeted 573 people aged between 16 and 25 - including seven victims from Merseyside - from 2015 to 2020.

His victims included girls and women across the UK and around the globe, including Australia, Hong Kong and Romania.

But the pervert's home in Hedingham Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex was raided by police on March 19, 2020.

Sondhi admitted a total of 65 offences including hacking, blackmail, and voyeurism.

He was jailed for 11 years.

Gareth Edwards

Sex offender Gareth Edwards was jailed but didn't even see the inside of a cell before a judge bailed him.

He was handed a 16-week prison sentence after going to Center Parcs with a woman he was seeing and her three children.

The 30-year-old had also stayed over at her home on weekends, without telling her that he was a convicted sex offender.

Edwards, of St Monica's Drive, Netherton, was previously sentenced in 2016 for inciting a female under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

He was handed a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.

However, he admitted two breaches of his notification requirements, after meeting the woman online and worming his way into her family's home in 2019, without revealing his disturbing past.

A district judge locked him up at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, but immediately released him on bail, with a condition of residence, pending an appeal against the conviction.

However, a week later he abandoned his appeal and was sent to jail.

John Harrington

Pervert pensioner John Harrington followed two young children in Lidl as he exposed himself and performed a lewd act.

The children were doing Christmas shopping with their mum at the Southport supermarket when he followed them on an electric mobility scooter and looked the little girl "up and down" with his genitals exposed.

Their mum said the family were left "traumatised" and the young boy was "afraid the man was going to get him" after the 2019 incident.

The 75-year-old exposed himself to an 18-year-old student the next day at a bus stop and, after he was charged for those crimes, performed a sex act in front of an elderly person with dementia at a care home.

The creep had waited for a previous suspended sentence to expire before finding his victims and told police he "done it because he could".

Harrington, of Albert Road, Southport, admitted two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), imposed following a previous exposure, and three counts of exposure. He was jailed for eight months.

Merseyside Police said they did not have his mugshot as he attended a voluntary interview.

John Phillips

John Phillips, now 50, formerly of Runcorn, Widnes and Winsford (Runcorn Weekly News)

Predatory rapist John Phillips, who targeted children as young as three, was dragged back to court after a new victim came forward.

The paedophile groomed his victims by showering them with gifts and money, but also used violence and threats to keep them quiet.

He was previously locked up for 22 years in 2018, after being convicted of raping and sexually assaulting eight children.

But another man, who was repeatedly assaulted and raped by Phillips from the ages of three until around 14, did not feel able to come forward until after that case concluded.

Phillips was re-investigated by Cheshire Police and charged with nine counts of rape, some of which incorporated multiple incidents.

The now 50-year-old also faced one count of attempted rape, six counts of indecent assault, and two counts of indecency with a child.

Phillips, who lived in Winsford at the time of his first arrest, but who also has links with Widnes and Runcorn, admitted all of the offences.

He was handed a further seven years in jail - taking the total to 29 - of which he must serve at least two thirds behind bars.

Matthew Gomez

Matthew Gomez, 23, of Crabtree Close, Netherley (Liverpool Echo)

Matthew Gomez groomed a girl on Snapchat before meeting in woods near her home to sexually abuse her.

The then 20-year-old pretended to be 16 when he targeted two 13-year-old victims on the social media platform.

The paedophile sent the girls disgusting images of himself and asked them to provide him with sexual photos in return.

The now 23-year-old, of Crabtree Close, Netherley, secretly recorded photos of the children on his phone by using an iPad.

He later met up with one girl in Widnes, filmed her on his phone performing a sex act on him, then repeatedly asked for sex.

But when she told him to stop because he was hurting her, Gomez called her a "d***head" and as he walked away, revealed that he had recorded her.

Gomez admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children, featuring girls he had filmed on Snapchat, aged as young as eight.

He denied any other wrongdoing, but was found guilty after a trial of five sexual offences in respect of one 13-year-old girl, and two sexual offences in respect of a second girl, also aged 13.

Gomez was jailed for six and a half years.

Olaf Raetzel

Olaf Raetzel (Lancashire Police handout)

Teacher and university worker Olaf Raetzel was finally jailed five years after being caught with child sex abuse videos.

The 51-year-old was arrested in Ormskirk in May 2015, but failed to turn up for a police interview and fled abroad to Ireland.

He started a new life in Dublin where, despite his perverted past, he worked as a content moderator for a social media giant.

Raetzel was detained again last September on a European Arrest Warrant and extradited back to the UK to face justice over 21 sick files.

More than five years on from a police raid at his West Lancashire home, he admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

The theoretical physics graduate worked as a teacher before becoming a learning technology development officer at Edge Hill University.

The German national, now of no fixed address, was jailed for five months.

Robert Murray

Robert Murray took advantage of two teenage boys while he worked at a children's home in the 1970s.

He 'breached the trust' of his victims while he was employed at the home, abusing the boys on a number of occasions.

The 76-year-old was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault after putting his victims through the ordeal of a trial.

Jurors returned unanimous verdicts against the paedophile, of Harrismith Road in Fazakerley.

Murray was jailed for 11 years.

Jason Hall

Jason Hall, 50, of Greenbank Road, Mossley Hill (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool University archaeologist Jason Hall tried to arrange sex with a 13-year-old girl while her mum watched.

The 50-year-old discussed how he wanted to molest the girl and even took a train to Chester to abuse the child.

But neither the woman nor her daughter were real and he was instead met by police waiting outside the station.

Officers searched his rucksack and found a pack of condoms and an Easter egg he bought for his intended victim.

When they searched his Greenbank Road, Mossley Hill home, police discovered more than 2,000 indecent images of children.

Hall, who had no previous convictions, was caught out by decoy undercover officers on an adult website from March to May 2018.

He admitted arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child to look at an image of sexual activity, three counts of downloading indecent images and possessing extreme porn.

Hall was jailed for two years and eight months.

David Moriarty

David Moriarty failed to comply with the requirements of the Sex Offenders Register.

The pervert was placed on the register for seven years after he was jailed for exposure in October 2015.

One of the terms of the order was that the 69-year-old should notify police of any change of address within three days.

But he repeatedly breached the terms of the register, most recently in October of last year, when he failed to notify police he was of no fixed address, after being released from prison for a drug offence.

The court heard he had "an appalling record of compliance with the order" having failed to follow its requirements eight times.

Moriarty, who has 44 previous convictions for 81 offences, was jailed for 18 weeks.

Benjamin Goodrum

Benjamin Goodrum, 22, from Seacombe, Wirral (Liverpool Echo)

Benjamin Goodrum repeatedly raped a girl after grooming her over WhatsApp.

The 22-year-old used his vulnerable victim to satisfy his twisted desires then threatened her to stay quiet.

But the "horrendous" abuse came to light when her parents found sick messages from him on her phone.

These messages included a request from Goodrum, of Seacombe, Wirral, to see a picture of the child's bra.

The victim's mum later confronted Goodrum, who claimed he had twice touched her daughter inappropriately.

However, when police interviewed the victim, she revealed Goodrum carried out "a campaign of sexual abuse".

Goodrum, of previous good character, asked the child for naked pictures and sent her a photo of his penis and a video of him performing a sex act.

She agreed to send him a photo of herself in her bra, but then tried to ignore his messages, only for Goodrum to continue to pester her, until he molested and raped her on multiple occasions.

Goodrum admitted three counts of rape, three counts of attempted rape, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of sexual assault of a child, four counts of assault by penetration and one count of sexual activity with a child.

He was jailed for 10 years, with an extended one year on licence, as "an offender of particular concern".

Fartam Bassiri

Paedophile Fartram Bassiri (Liverpool Echo)

Fartam Bassiri was caught with child and animal abuse images at his family's home which he sent across Europe.

One of three videos of child rape sent by the dad-of-three involved two boys engaged in a sexual act with a donkey.

Police found 30 indecent images of children on Bassiri's laptop when they raided his home in Warrington in December 2018.

The 46-year-old, of Keyes Close, Birchwood, also had two still images of extreme pornography involving animals and six videos.

Bassiri, who had no previous convictions, admitted three counts of downloading, three counts of distributing and one count of possessing indecent images of children. He also pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images.

However, he claimed he didn't have a sexual interest in children and shared the sickening files out of "disgust".

But a judge said he didn't believe his excuses and jailed him for 20 months.

Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas embarked on a repulsive campaign of abuse against a little girl.

The paedophile, of Straker Avenue, Ellesmere Port, subjected a seven-year-old child to sickening abuse.

When police were informed, officers arrested the 29-year-old and seized his electronic devices, which contained child sex abuse images.

Police said his abuse left both the victim and her family distraught, but callous Thomas forced them to relive their ordeals during a trial.

He was found guilty of three counts of sexual touching of a child and two counts of producing indecent images of children.

Thomas was jailed for eight and a half years.

Robert Gardener

A little girl's dad caught Robert Gardener abusing his daughter only for the pervert to claim it was her fault.

The paedophile twice targeted the child but "covered up" the first incident by suggesting he was "just playing".

The 64-year-old predator's lies came crashing down when the victim's father saw the sick abuse for himself.

However, Gardener, of Rocastle Close, Kensington, then had the gall to claim that the child instigated it.

Gardener pleaded guilty to two counts of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The child molester, who had no previous convictions, was jailed for four years.

Dhanji Punja

Dhanji Punja dragged his victim from a city centre street and towards a secluded alley so he could sexually assault her.

The 42-year-old claimed he only wanted to kiss his victim, but a judge did not believe him and ruled he had intended to sexually assault her.

Punja preyed on the lone woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as she walked on Lord Street on July 12 last year.

He grabbed her and forced her across towards Dorans Lane, calling her a "f****** b****", and only letting go when faced with three security guards.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he had previously sexually assaulted a woman on a train and lay on a shop floor to look up a woman's skirt.

Punja, of Stanley Street, Liverpool city centre, admitted kidnap and kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence and was jailed for five years.

Paul Mannion

Paul Mannion raped a young boy and offered him 'rewards' like ice cream or 50p to stay silent about the horrifying abuse.

The 63-year-old, from Warrington, was jailed for eight years for the campaign of vile abuse, which took place in Widnes in the 1970s.

His victim described certain types of abuse happening "regularly" and on at least 10 occasions each - all while he was under the age of 10.

Mannion had pleaded guilty to eight counts. including sexual assault, inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and one of rape.

David Bradbury and William Gamble

A couple who raped a little boy offered his mum cash afterwards.

David Bradbury, 55, would film the horrific abuse performed by William Gamble, 65, before offering to pay the little boy's mum £30.

Their sickening acts were only discovered after they uploaded an image of child abuse, not involving the same boy, to Facebook.

When police raided their St Helens home they discovered the horrific pictures and videos, in which Bradbury would encourage Gamble as he abused the child.

They also found toys, sweets and games they would use to groom the boy.

Judge Rachel Smith said: "You embarked on a course of grooming and sexually abusive behaviour."

The court heard the couple "exploited" the boy and groomed him before Gamble would commit "physical acts" of abuse while Bradbury would film them, sometimes engaging in physical abuse.

Both Gamble and Bradbury were arrested on October 26 last year after the true extent of their crimes had been discovered when an indecent image, not of this child, was uploaded to Facebook.

In total officers found 14 category A images, which are the most serious and include child rape, four category B images and three category C images, on devices found at the men's home on Pigot Street, many of which were images of the boy they exploited.

Gamble and Bradbury both admitted four counts of rape, two sexual assaults and two assaults by penetration, plus the taking of indecent videos associated to each act.

Judge Smith said both Bradbury and Gamble were "dangerous" offenders and jailed each of them for 16 years, with an extended one year on licence.

Cecil Thorn

Cecil Thorn, who molested a little girl, was extradited from New Zealand to face justice but refused to say a single word.

The 48-year-old has exercised a "vigil of silence" ever since he stepped off a plane in February last year.

That included not saying anything in his defence at a trial when the brave victim described how he repeatedly abused her.

Thorn, from Wirral, was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and three counts of causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity at a trial last month.

The court heard this was the second time he has been convicted of molesting a child, after previously being jailed for eight years in 2013 for similar offences, also in Wirral.

Thorn, formerly of Wirral but now of Favona Road, Auckland, was jailed for 10 years, with an extended one year on licence.

This means he will spend at least five years in prison, before he can apply for parole.

Adam Connolly

Adam Connolly, 30, of Frederick Street, Widnes (facebook)

Adam Connolly sexually assaulted two teenage girls and filmed himself putting his hands around a third girl's throat.

The 30-year-old groped the first victim below her top while she slept and when she woke claimed that he "thought she liked it".

The following year, Connolly covered the face of a second girl and ran his hand over her, before asking if she "wanted a cuddle".

When arrested, Connolly, of Frederick Street, Widnes, claimed the girls were lying.

But his phone revealed he had been looking at pictures of his second victim on the day of the assault and also saved pictures of the first girl.

He also had an indecent video of a third girl, which showed him "placing his hands around her neck and appearing to strangle her".

The predator later admitted two counts of sexual assault and one count of making a Category A indecent video of a child.

Connolly, who had two previous convictions for carrying weapons, was jailed for eight years.

Adam Syers

Adam Syers used the popular children's video game Fortnite to try to groom boys.

The paedophile previously filmed a toddler and made vile sexual comments before posting the video on Facebook.

The 23-year-old - who recorded the sick clip from the window of his former home in Warrington - walked free from court last September.

But within hours of being spared jail on September 2, 2020, he was back online, trying to snare children playing Fortnite and Roblox on Xbox.

Using the username JuicyGamer, he let a 12-year-old boy spend £200 on his credit card and got the child to send a photo of himself in shorts.

He then targeted a seven-year-old boy, asking him whether he wanted to go on a date with him and be his boyfriend, in a series of sick texts.

Syers, of Tully Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, also sent vile messages to a third unidentified boy - thought to be under 11 - and had his photo.

He admitted three counts of breaching his SHPO, failing to comply with notification requirements and breaching his suspended sentence.

Syers has a previous conviction for sexual assault on a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The pervert, who has ADHD, autism, learning and speech difficulties, was jailed for two years and eight months.

Jordan Duckworth

Jordan Duckworth who once tried to rape a boy and girl was caught worming his way into a child's home.

The paedophile was locked up for 30 months for two attempted rapes when he was aged just 17 in January 2011.

He has been on the Sex Offenders Register and subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) ever since.

The order prevented Duckworth from contacting any child under 16 without the written approval of social services.

Social services attended a woman's home in Wavertree on February 15 for a "risk assessment" and "welfare check".

She was there with her 13-year-old son, but so was Duckworth, 27, who "lied initially about who he was", then fled.

Duckworth, of Needham Road, Kensington, admitted the breach, having breached the SOPO twice previously in 2017.

He was jailed for 20 months and given a new 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, an updated version of the SOPO.

Trevor Griffiths

Trevor Griffiths offered a '14-year-old boy' a trip to McDonald's in exchange for a seedy hotel stay.

The grandad-of-24 wanted to take the child to the cinema and planned on sexually abusing him in a hotel in Belfast.

The 61-year-old started speaking to 'Mark' on Chatiw in 2019, but didn't realise it was an undercover police officer.

Griffiths described wanting to 'kiss and cuddle' the 'boy', before they would perform sex acts on each other.

When officers raided his home they discovered his vile collection of child sex abuse images.

They found 63 sick images during the search at his property in Ajax Avenue in Orford, Warrington, on April 30, 2019.

Griffiths, who had no previous convictions, admitted attempting to engage in sexual activity with a boy, failing to comply with notification requirements, possessing indecent images of children and extreme pornography, and three counts of downloading indecent images.

He was jailed for 20 months.

David Cadman

David Cadman, 64, of Espin Street, Walton (Merseyside Police)

David Cadman who once filmed a girl undressing at a beach was sentenced for downloading child rape photos.

The 65-year-old was arrested after recording the nine-year-old, who was with her parents at New Brighton beach, last August.

He was jailed for 16 months for breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) in relation to the video in November 2020.

But he was back in court to be sentenced for keeping a twisted collection of pictures, including 20 images of children being raped.

Cadman, of Espin Street, Walton, admitted three counts of downloading and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

However, while he hadn't been charged over those images by the time of his sentencing last year, Judge Anil Murray said he had previously taken them into account.

Judge Murray said Cadman was due to be released in two weeks' time and, having already taken the photos into account, he "ought not pass a sentence that would lengthen the defendant's stay in prison", so jailed him for 28 days.

James Farquhar

Convicted rapist James Farquhar twice went on foreign holidays including to the Philippines without telling the police.

Farquhar, who served a 12-year prison sentence imposed in 2005 for repeatedly raping a teenage girl, was required to tell the police if he applied for a passport or went abroad under the terms of the Sex Offenders Register.

But he applied for a passport in November 2019 and the following March he flew to the Philippines for a month's holiday.

The 62-year-old's offender manager was told about the jaunt on his return and enquiries began into his passport acquisition.

However, he was not interviewed by police until November 2020 - by which time he had also spent a week on the Greek island of Cos a few weeks earlier.

Farquhar, of Ford Lane, Litherland, but formerly of Southport, admitted three offences of breaching the Sex Offender Register requirements.

He was jailed for nine months.

Matthew Lawton

A mum was sent a video of a paedophile having sex with her daughter after he groomed her over Snapchat.

Matthew Lawton preyed on two teenage girls and lured them with offers of cigarettes, alcohol and cannabis.

The then 29-year-old lied that he was 19 to trick the children, aged 14 and 13, into meeting for sex.

Under UK law - while it is illegal to engage in sexual activity with anyone under 16 - consensual sex is not considered rape if the child is 13 or older.

Lawton, of Milton Road, Widnes, pestered the two victims to send him intimate photos and filmed the 14-year-old - aka Girl A - having sex with him.

The "monster" used the clip to blackmail her into further abuse - including a rape after he held a knife to her throat - when she tried to stop seeing him.

However, when he posted the clip on a Snapchat account called "slags", not only was it sent to her mum, but he was caught thanks to his distinctive tattoos.

Lawton, now 30, was found guilty after a trial of 19 sexual offences, including multiple counts of rape against Girl A.

His past convictions include inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, when he blinded a dad in one eye, who had intervened to stop him hitting a girl.

Lawton was jailed for 15 years, with an extended four years on licence.

Wayne Collins

Wayne Collins was caught sending sexual photos to two 'girls' but blamed his innocent brothers.

The paedophile thought he was chatting to children when he discussed sex and sent naked pictures of himself online.

In reality both "Bella", 13, and 12-year-old "Jess" - who he met on Kik Messenger - were undercover police officers.

Police raided the 29-year-old's home in Belmont Road, Anfield and seized his phone, containing indecent images of children and his collection of "d*** pics".

The pervert then tried to worm his way out of trouble by claiming his brothers had used the device, but police spoke to them and soon realised that wasn't true.

Collins, who had no previous convictions, admitted downloading and possessing indecent images of a child, two counts of attempting to sexually communicate with a child, two counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of attempting to cause a child to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

He was jailed for 20 months.

Paul Coulthwaite

Paul Coulthwaite took baby wipes and Mini Eggs with him for a '12-year-old girl' he planned to meet at McDonald's.

He had called the child "sexy" and said he wanted them to meet in secret, planning to lure her away from her home.

But the 55-year-old didn't get to give the girl the mint Aero chocolate and WKD he bought her because he was greeted by police who arrested him.

A covert officer had pretended to be "Paige" during sickening online conversations on Chat Avenue between January 7 and January 19 this year.

Between January 8 and February 10 in the same year Coulthwaite also spoke with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl called Rebecca.

Again this was an undercover officer, who Coulthwaite, of Haydock Street, Newton-le-Willows, tried to meet in Preston on February 12.

Coulthwaite, who had no previous convictions, admitted two counts of sexual communication with a child, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting a child following sexual grooming.

He was jailed for three years.

Adam Whitfield

Adam Whitfield kept "depraved" rape videos of crying babies.

The videos in his sickening collection were described by a judge as something "which would strike any normal person as disgusting ".

Another 16 second video showed a three-month-old baby being raped. Other scenes were too graphic to even be described.

The 26-year-old had 30 videos of children being raped on his phone and computer - which were discovered when his mum called police.

Whitfield, of Alder Street, Newton-Le-Willows, had 32 indecent images, 30 of which were Category A videos, downloaded over three years.

The paedophile, who had no previous convictions, was jailed for eight months.

John Hamilton

John Hamilton caught with child rape photos said he was trying to change by learning the guitar and listening to podcasts.

The paedophile was jailed for two years in 2011 for possessing, downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

The then 27-year-old, from Widnes, was told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and hit with a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

That prevented him possessing a photo of any child under 16, unless they were a family member and he had the permission of their parent or guardian.

But when Hamilton rang police to tell them he had a new mobile phone in November 2019, officers discovered 1,205 photos of children on his old device.

And the pervert - now living in Liverpool's historic Gambier Terrance in the Georgian Quarter - confessed to downloading thousands of sickening files.

Hamilton, now 37, had 515 indecent images of children and a further 690 non-indecent images of children under 16.

He admitted breaching his SOPO and one count of possessing and three counts of downloading indecent images of children.

Hamilton was jailed for 18 months.

Richard Chipchase

Richard Chipchase, 55, of Welford Avenue, Prenton (Merseyside Police)

A maths teacher groomed and sexually exploited a vulnerable schoolgirl during a sickening campaign of manipulation.

Richard Chipchase once locked his victim in a storeroom when she refused to hug him and tried to win her over with cigarettes, McDonald's meals and car rides.

It was during one of those lifts that he sexually assaulted her.

The dad-of-one abused his position to target the girl while he was head of maths at Woodchurch High in Birkenhead.

His abuse left the child suffering with her mental health, affected her relationship with her parents, and impacted on her grades.

Chipchase's campaign came to end when concerns were raised about inappropriate behaviour by him towards another schoolgirl.

The 55-year-old, of Welford Avenue in Prenton, admitted four charges of sexual activity with a child.

He was jailed for two years and three months.

Stephen Rafferty

Serial rapist Stephen Rafferty forced girls to pose for semi-naked pictures during his catalogue of abuse against them.

The now 27-year-old committed abhorrent acts against three children, who were all aged under 14 at the time.

When one girl bit the vile paedophile, he punched her and called her "Satan's child", swearing her to silence.

He was convicted by a jury of 13 sexual offences against the children, including nine counts of rape.

Rafferty had previously admitted six counts of sexual assault against the victims.

The court heard Rafferty was previously tried and found not guilty of sexual offences when he was a child.

Judge David Swinnerton said: "I mention it because as a result you knew it was very wrong to commit sexual offences."

Rafferty, of Russell Road, Mossley Hill, admitted six counts of sexual assault against a child and was convicted following a trial on January 11 of two counts of assault by penetration of a child, nine counts of rape of a child and two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.

Judge Swinnerton said Rafferty was a "dangerous" offender and jailed him for 20 years, with an extended five years on licence.

John Smith

John Smith used Snapchat to groom a young teenage boy before abusing him.

The paedophile, previously a junior football coach, was jailed in 2019 for using Snapchat to send pictures of his penis to boys.

But the 24-year-old, from Speke, was back in court after using the app again to target a child before grooming and abusing him.

Smith was previously convicted in March 2019 of sexual communication with three boys, for which he was jailed for 18 months and ordered to adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which he breached by committing the new offences.

The pervert, formerly of School Way, admitted four counts of sexual activity with a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming, sexual communication with a child, and breaching a SHPO.

He was jailed for four and a half years, with an extended three years on licence.

David Whiteside

David Whiteside spent his life on Liverpool's streets after committed horrific acts of sexual abuse against a young girl.

The 36-year-old raped the child nine times and committed five other sexually abusive acts against her in Kirkby.

Whiteside, of Prescot Road, Old Swan, then denied his crimes in court, forcing the woman to relive his monstrous actions in a trial.

His victim said she couldn't even go into Liverpool city centre, where she knew he begged, out of fears of bumping into him.

Whiteside was found guilty after a trial of nine counts of rape of a child, four counts of sexually assaulting a girl and one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

A judge said Whiteside was an offender of "particular concern" and jailed him for 13 years and nine months, with an extended one year on licence.

Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis warned a girl "don't tell anyone" after sexually abusing her before also molesting her friend.

The paedophile carried out vile acts on two young girls and forced one of them to perform sex acts on him.

After discovering they had both suffered abuse at the time, the two victims wrote to Jackie magazine to ask for advice.

But when one of their parents found out, they accused the girls of lying and the abuse went unreported for decades.

One of the victims spoke out in 2019 and Lewis, of Woodchurch Road, Prenton, admitted six counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.

A judge said his sentencing powers were limited because sentencing powers at the time the offences were committed, which he had to stick to, were very different to how they are today.

Lewis was jailed for four years.

Police said no mugshot was taken of Lewis when he attended for a voluntary interview.

Ian Kaufman


Paedophile football coach Ian Kaufman catfished a girl on Snapchat by pretending to be a 17-year-old boy.

The 48-year-old sent the 16-year-old pictures he had taken from the internet so he could groom her and also posted presents.

The vile pervert would then use software to save videos and pictures the Scottish girl sent him on Snapchat in February 2020.

When police raided his home, they discovered Kaufman kept other child sex abuse images and cartoons of children being raped.

One of the disgusting images involved a girl as young as two.

Kaufman, formerly of East Dam Wood Road, Speke, admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children, possessing extreme porn, attempting to take indecent photographs of a child and making indecent images of a child.

He was jailed for two years and eight months.

John Merritt

John Merritt who raped two boys as a teenager dramatically collapsed in the dock when jailed.

The 60-year-old, of Leathers Lane, Halewood, denied sexually abusing the children more than four decades ago.

But at the age of 14 or 15, when going by the name Walter Merritt, he raped his victims in Belle Vale and Netherley.

Merritt offered chocolate to Boy A, before inviting him into his house and raping him in a bathroom and a nearby field.

He also raped Boy B in the bathroom, pouncing after his mum invited the disadvantaged little boy in for tea and cake.

Boy B described how the abuse "destroyed" his life and even landed him in jail, after he stole to buy drugs to block out the horror.

The dad-of-four - who has past convictions for violence, carrying a weapon and a racist incident - carried out the attacks in the 1970s.

Merritt was convicted of three counts of a sexual offence, which would now be classed as rape after a trial in March.

He was jailed for eight years.

Paul Pickerill

Paul Pickerill, 65, claimed he was 55 years old. (Net Justice)

Cyber pervert Paul Pickerill who was snared in an online sting told a '13-year-old girl' she was "a young woman now and ready for sex".

However, the 'child' was in fact an adult from the paedophile hunter group Net Justice.

The 65-year-old, of Lockgate West, Windmill Hill, Runcorn, admitted attempting to incite a child aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage a child in sexual communication.

The charges related to sick conversations he had throughout March, when he pretended to be 55 and sent the supposed girl indecent pictures and videos of himself.
He was jailed for 20 months.

Simon Fitzgerald

Simon Fitzgerald was jailed for sexually abusing a teenage girl and then threatening to "burn her house".

The 29-year-old, of Whitford Road, Birkenhead, originally denied assaulting the victim, who was under 16.

After being released by police, Fitzgerald then went to the victim's home and shouted through her window.

On another occasion, the paedophile was seen trying to get into her house in the early hours of the morning.

He was spotted again later, when the victim's mum found an empty petrol can outside her front door in Bury.

She believed it had been left as a "warning" by the convicted robber, who had threatened to "burn her house".

He finally pleaded guilty ahead of a trial to causing a child to engage in sexual activity and witness intimidation.

Fitzgerald was jailed for four years and eight months.

Greater Manchester Police said it was unable to provide his mugshot.

Lee Monaghan

Lee Monaghan who molested and photographed a sleeping friend had his arm snapped in "retribution".

The 48-year-old pervert targeted the woman, who was in her 20s, after she had earlier come to his aid.

She woke to find him sexually assaulting her, when he brazenly claimed he thought she had consented.

But after he confessed in texts the next day and begged for forgiveness, the victim's sister and others went to his home.

Monaghan suffered a broken arm, which both his own lawyer and a judge remarked many people would say he "deserved".

The drink and drug fuelled attack happened at Monaghan's home in Smollett Street, Bootle late one night in 2017.

Monaghan, of Linacre Road, Litherland, admitted assault by penetration and sexual assault.

He was jailed for 18 months.

Philip Jones

Philip Jones, 59, of Poulton Road, Seacombe. (Liverpool Echo)

Philip Jones raped a little girl who had just been sick when he was pretending to comfort her.

He was previously branded a "danger to women" after he made thousands of searches on internet rape sites, then spiked a victim's drink.

The former soldier was caught by a doorman at a Wirral pub putting powder into a woman's drink so he could sexually assault her in 2013.

The paedophile, who also downloaded child sex abuse images, was jailed for five years, with an extended three years on licence, in 2014.

Last December he was sent back to jail for hiding a mobile phone from police, after secretly working as a maintenance man in family homes.

But this week it emerged that the 59-year-old had also raped and molested a little girl prior to his arrest in 2013.

That abuse only came to light when the child revealed last May that she had been living with the trauma for nearly a decade.

Jones, of Poulton Road, Seacombe, admitted two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

He was jailed for 13 and a half years, with an extended five years on licence.

Mark Jacobson

Mark Jacobson raped a child and forced them to watch sexual acts.

The 44-year-old, of Washington Parade, Bootle, was found guilty after a trial of 16 counts of sexual offences.

They included two counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and multiple counts of sexual activity with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Jacobson was jailed for 16 years.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Lucy Emmett, of Merseyside Police, said: “Jacobson is a dangerous individual and he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars where he can no longer pose a risk to children."

Paul Long

Paul Long, 61, of Huddlestone Close, Woodchurch, Birkenhead (Liverpool Echo)

Paul Long slapped and groped the bottoms of two girls while working as a security guard at a fairground.

The former doorman was employed at a temporary funfair when it came to Birkenhead Road in Seacombe.

But the "large and physically imposing" 59-year-old preyed on two children in separate incidents on the same day.

He slapped the bottom of a 15-year-old girl while giving her first aid, then laughed in her face and followed after her.

Long then trapped a second girl, 14, on a Waltzer ride and grabbed her bottom, before squaring up to her dad when he arrived.

The now 61-year-old, of Huddleston Close, Woodchurch, Birkenhead, struck twice on the evening of Thursday, March 28, 2019.

He was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault after a trial, when the girls had to go through the ordeal of giving evidence.

Long was previously handed a community order in January 2017 for causing death by careless driving.

He was jailed for eight months for the sex attacks.

Aiden Peel

Aiden Peel, 24, of Mersey Road, Aigburth, was found guilty of voyeurism (Liverpool Echo)

Aiden Peel filmed a disgusting toilet video of a woman on his phone but it was discovered by his girlfriend.

Peel downloaded a Secret Camera Recorder app and placed his mobile in a bathroom to capture an unsuspecting victim.

The 24-year-old recorded the woman going to the toilet, undressing until she was naked for a shower, then towelling herself dry.

But the sick voyeur also inadvertently filmed himself setting up the covert device on a sink and returning afterwards to collect it.

Peel later claimed that he downloaded the app after being "inspired" by a YouTube video and thinking it would be good for "pranks".

However, he kept the footage for five or six weeks, until it was "discovered by chance" by his girlfriend who contacted the police.

Peel, of Mersey Road, Aigburth, was found guilty of voyeurism after a trial.

He was jailed for nine months.

Edward Stanton

Edward Stanton, 69, of Earle Road, Wavertree. (Liverpool Echo)

Edward Stanton was convicted of sexually abusing an eighth victim at a hellish children's home in Formby.

The paedophile raped and molested youngsters in his care at the infamous St Vincent's home from 1976 to 1995.

The former house master was jailed for 13 years in 1996 for sexual offences committed against seven boys, aged between 10 and 13.

The 69-year-old was back in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court this week after being found guilty of two more sex attacks last month against an eighth victim.

They related to a 13-year-old boy, who he twice indecently assaulted in the early 1980s, leaving the victim with psychological scars.

Stanton, formerly of Kirkdale, but now of Earle Road, Wavertree, had claimed someone else was responsible for the abuse.

But a jury was sure it was him who left the child suffering from depression, relationship problems and feelings of shame.

Stanton was jailed for three and a half years.

Alex Slocombe

Alex Slocombe sexually assaulted two women while they slept.

The 23-year-old predator, from Warrington, molested his victims on separate occasions in 2017 and 2020.

Slocombe, of Duxford Court, Poulton-with-Fearnhead, admitted three counts of sexual assault by penetration.

Cheshire Police said his actions had a "profound and long lasting impact" on the women, who struggled to come to terms with what happened.

Cheshire Police is yet to release a mugshot of Slocombe.

Melissa Wilson

Paul Wilson, aka Melissa Wilson (Merseyside Police)

Melissa Wilson used library computers to search for "Harry Potter erotica" and "fetish sites" focusing on children in their underwear.

The paedophile, whose name was given in court listings as Paul Wilson aka Melissa Wilson, managed to bypass security systems at Liverpool Central Library and Toxteth Library.

After creating library accounts the 34-year-old would attend "almost every other day" and used a Russian search engine "associated with accessing illegal files".

She later confessed to the crimes, between July 10 and October 23 in 2019 on 86 days, in a letter from her alter ego, Dan Thompson.

Wilson admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

She has six previous convictions for 39 offences and has been jailed repeatedly for possessing indecent images of children and breaching court orders.

Wilson was jailed for two years and eight months.

Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson, 75, of Borough Road in Seacombe (Merseyside Police)

Colin Robinson engaged in filthy online conversations with a 13-year-old girl hoping they could meet up.

The 75-year-old encouraged the child to bunk off school, sent her an indecent video of himself, and said he wanted to seduce her.

When told she lived in Manchester, he replied: "You are now in big trouble, it's just down the M57."

But unknown to the Wirral grandad he was actually chatting with an undercover officer going by the name of Lucy, posing as the school girl, in September 2019.

The retired Cammell Lairds worker, of Borough Road, Seacombe, admitted five offences involving attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, attempting to incite a child to engage in a sexual act, and attempted sexual communication.

He was jailed for two years.

Trevor Smith

"Sweating" and naked pervert Trevor Smith ogled a group of teens from his balcony as he performed a sex act on himself.

A horrified onlooker witnessed the 50-year-old performing the sex act while looking at a group of around nine teenagers.

She said she "felt physically sick" and called police, who discovered him "sweating profusely" and "out of breath" as porn played on his mobile phone.

The disgusted onlooker lived in an adjacent apartment block and had been alerted to a noise in the street at about 9.50pm on March 18 this year.

Smith, who also had a bag of cannabis in his flat, has previous convictions for outraging public decency, including misbehaving with a cleaner's cone, for which he received a suspended sentence in 2019.

The sexual deviant, of Hall Street, St Helens, admitted possessing cannabis, exposure and breaching a suspended sentence order.

He was jailed for 10 months.

Kamil Lesiak

Kamil Lesiak, 25, of no fixed address. (Liverpool Echo)

Kamil Lesiak was part of a monstrous gang who kidnapped, tortured and raped another man.

He was the last of the group to be jailed after forcing the victim to commit depraved sex acts in a 10-hour attack.

The 27-year-old man was kidnapped in Bootle in November 2015 and kept against his will at a house in Simons Croft, Netherton.

Lesiak and Daniel Misiolek, who was jailed for life with a minimum of nine years in 2016, subjected him to a series of physical and sexual assaults.

Around 90 minutes of his horrifying ordeal were filmed by Misiolek's girlfriend, Awna Baszak, before he finally escaped when the gang left the house.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was initially attacked at a home in Bootle - days after another one of the gang, Dagmara Szary "appeared to have taken offence" to mobile phone photos she claimed to have seen.

Lesiak, 25, of no fixed address, was found guilty of false imprisonment, assault causing actual bodily harm, rape and causing a man to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.

He was jailed for 18 years.

Dylan King

Paedophile Dylan King was caught living with a mum and children who had no idea of his sinister past.

King was convicted of sexual activity with a child in 2012, when he was jailed for two years and three months, and told to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

But he has repeatedly breached his notification requirements by failing to inform police of his address and last year "disappeared" for several months.

He was eventually found living with a woman and her children in Teesside, after meeting her on a dating app, and not disclosing he was a sex offender.

King, of Grey Road, Walton, was sentenced over that breach last June, but fell to be sentenced for a previous breach, committed in February 2020, when he moved without telling police his new address.

He admitted failing to comply with his notification requirements and was jailed for 12 months.

Michael Collins

Michael Collins, 35, of no fixed address. (Merseyside Police)

An obsessed man who sexually abused a schoolgirl threatened to throw acid in her face and stab her.

Michael Collins, 35, had only recently been released from prison when he started talking to the 15-year-old from Newton-le-Willows via Facebook.

They began what was described in court as a "consensual" sexual relationship, but Collins, of no fixed address, threatened to throw acid in her face and to stab her outside her school after becoming possessive.

Collins had sex with the girl while she was in her school uniform, after first meeting her at Hunts Cross station.

The abuse came to light last November, after she confided in a teaching mentor that she had slept with a man, who was now being aggressive.

She said they would drink vodka and take cocaine and she performed a sex act on him, but things became difficult when he was "off his head".

Defence lawyers claimed the pair had a "loving caring relationship", which was accepted by the prosecution and the judge.

Collins admitted six offences involving sexual activity with a child, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was jailed for five years.

Brandon Broome


Brandon Broome subjected a woman to a violent sexual assault in which he spat in her face and groped her and "foamed at the mouth".

The 20-year-old, of Avondale Drive, Widnes, sobbed as his victim appeared in person to read a statement on the trauma she endured.

When she said she was going to the police after his attack, he threatened her and kept her detained for around four hours at a property in Widnes.

After saying he would let her go in exchange for a hug, "the animal" leaned in and spat in her face - but the victim was eventually able to escape.

Broome, who admitted criminal damage, was convicted after a trial of sexual assault. His past convictions include assaults and harassment.

He was locked up for three years, but Cheshire Police have not released Broome's mugshot.

Shakur Valentino

Shakur Valentino, 23, of no fixed address but from St Helens (Liverpool Echo)


Shakur Valentino took a teenage woman's knickers as a "trophy" after trying to rape her.

He put his hand over the mouth of the 18-year-old victim "to silence her protests" as she screamed for help, only for a friend to intervene.

But after he was arrested, he was released by police under investigation and just weeks later raped a gran near London's Piccadilly Circus.

Valentino was previously jailed for 12 years, with an extended five years on licence, for raping that woman, who was in her 60s, in February 2019.

This week he was hit with a further five and a half years in jail, with an extended two years, for the attempted rape of his first victim in December 2018.

Judge Louise Brandon said "a disturbing feature" of both cases was he "took trophies in the form of items as a reminder of your offending".

After kidnapping and raping the gran in an alleyway he took her leggings and after trying to rape the teenager in St Helens he kept her underwear.

Valentino, 23, from St Helens, denied raping the teen, but on the day she was due to give pre-recorded evidence for a trial, admitted attempted rape.

Barry Warner

Barry Warner, 51, of Bedford Road, Birkdale, was jailed for sexually communicating with a child (Merseyside Police)

Barry Warner sent vile sexual messages to a 13-year-old girl and then accused her of lying when she reported him.

The 51-year-old started chatting to the girl but when it became clear the messages were becoming inappropriate, she drew him in just enough to ensure he incriminated herself.

Warner, of Bedford Road, Birkdale, then panicked - first accusing the girl of lying, then saying it was just a bit of fun, and pleading with her to delete the messages.

The girl showed the messages to her mum, who reported Warner to police.

At first Warner tried to deny everything to officers, claiming it was "bulls***" and that he thought he was chatting to the girl's mum.

But his excuses soon collapsed when it was clear from the messages he knew exactly how old the girl was.

He admitted engaging in sexual communication with a child and was jailed for 12 months.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts, 37, of Boardsman Lane, St Helens (Liverpool Echo)

Paul Roberts sent sick WhatsApp messages to a boy and suggested he play a sexual "prank" on his mum.

The convicted sex offender groomed the child with presents and invited him to his flat to play XBox.

While there he cuddled and kissed the boy, who also got undressed after a "water fight" involving another child.

But his twisted behaviour and the detail of the supposed prank - too obscene to publish - came to light after Robert's online persona "Saint" was exposed.

Roberts was hit with a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in October 2011 for possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The 37-year-old, of Boardsman Lane, St Helens, breached the SOPO in 2019 and received 16 months in jail, suspended for two years, in July 2020.

He admitted breaching the SOPO a further three times and breaching the suspended sentence by sending the WhatsApp messages, deleting his browsing history after the National Crime Agency identified his online conversations, and meeting up with the child.

The paedophile was jailed for three years and four months.

Steven Halton

Steven Halton, 58, of Merlewood Avenue, Southport (Liverpool Echo)

Predatory taxi driver Steven Halton molested two victims - both young teenage girls - in sickening attacks around 25 years apart.

His first victim, Girl A, came forward after his second victim, Girl B, went to the police and exposed the pervert's abuse against her.

The 58-year-old denied any wrongdoing, which forced both of his victims to relive their ordeals by giving evidence in a harrowing trial.

But he was found guilty of 10 counts of indecent assault against Girl A and four counts of sexual activity with a child against Girl B.

Halton, of Merlewood Avenue, Southport, said he still maintained his "innocence", but a judge said he too was sure of the jury's findings.

The paedophile had a small number of previous convictions for dishonesty from 1985 to 1990, but none for sexual offences.

He was jailed for 15 years.

Matthew Parr

Matthew Parr asked a dad if he could rape his two-year-old daughter in a series of sickening messages.

The paedophile said he also wanted to rape the man's nine-year-old daughter after being told she was autistic.

The 46-year-old didn't realise he was actually speaking to an undercover police officer when he asked "would it be like a foursome?"

He even sent the police officer a child rape video involving a toddler during the chats, on the website Wickr, from March to June 2020.

Parr had a vile stash involving 29 images of child rape, 70 other indecent images of children and two images of extreme pornography.

The pervert, of Old Wargrave Road, Newton-Le-Willows, admitted three counts of downloading, one count of possessing and three counts of distributing indecent images of children.

He also admitted two counts of arranging the commision of a child sex offence - in relation to the two fictitious children - and possessing extreme porn.

Parr was jailed for five years.

Williams Adams

Predatory child rapist Williams Adams was hit with yet more time behind bars for his sick crimes.

Adams served seven years in jail for raping a girl in Ireland before travelling to Merseyside in 2005, just days after his release from prison.

Almost as soon as he arrived in Liverpool he befriended his next victim, lavishing her with gifts and taking her family on a three-week holiday to Blackpool - funded by his Catholic priest lover - only to rape her every night of the trip.

Adams, of Meadow Hey, Bootle, admitted five counts of rape in 2007 and was jailed for life with a minimum of seven and a half years.

Last week he was handed a further three years in prison for historical sex abuse at a care centre in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.

Keiran Alderton

Keiran Alderton bought Kinder Eggs to give to a "girl" he was planning to meet at McDonald's.

He was arrested outside B&M in Hunts Cross after the 13-year-old child turned out to actually be an undercover police officer.

The 31-year-old, under the username 'HornyScouser78', had said in sick online chats that he was "going to kiss the face off her".

The dad-of-two, of Feltwell Road, Anfield, was arrested at around 11am on June 10, 2020.

Police then searched his home and discovered 347 child sex abuse images on his iPhone, including pictures of children being raped.

He admitted attempting sexual communication with a child and to meet a child after sexual grooming, plus three counts of downloading and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

Alderton was jailed for two years and two months.

Simon Dickinson

Simon Dickinson, 44, of Dwerryhouse Lane, West Derby (Merseyside Police)

Simon Dickinson swapped videos of children being raped in a sickening group chat called "TeenTinyGirl".

In the perverted chat on Kik Messenger hen and other paedophiles would comment on child sex abuse videos calling them "sexy".

The 44-year-old's disgusting behaviour was revealed after he used Snapchat to share pictures of child sex abuse, and police were able to trace his IP address.

After raiding his home on November 24 last year, officers found that he had also sent links to videos of child rape to seven other people.

Dickinson, of Dwerryhouse Lane, West Derby, admitted three counts of downloading, one count of possessing and two counts of distributing indecent images of children, possessing an extreme pornographic image, and possessing indecent photographs of children for show.

He was jailed for two and a half years.

Mark Needham

Mark Needham who travelled to Liverpool to meet a 14-year-old girl said he wanted to have sex with her in a McDonald's toilet.

In messages to the 'child' in 2017, the pervert said he wanted her to wear a short skirt for "easier access" to her underwear.

The 34-year-old sent pictures of his genitalia and sex videos of himself telling the girl he wanted to have sex with a "schoolgirl".

But he was really talking to a member of a paedophile hunter group, and was duped into meeting the 'girl' at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Needham, of Windrows, Skelmersdale, was arrested on December 12, 2017 and confessed, but wasn't charged until January this year.

He admitted attempting to incite a girl into sexual activity, to meet a girl under 16 following grooming, to engage in sexual communication with a child and to cause a child to look at an image of sexual activity.

He was jailed for 12 months by a judge who said it would have been considerably longer if not for the "inexcusable" three-year delay.

Jeffrey Hickey

Jeffrey Hickey, 41, of no fixed address (Merseyside Police)

A serial sex offender and danger to women was jailed once again.

Jeffrey Hickey, 41, was found guilty after a trial of two counts of rape and one of indecent assault.

His victim was just 13-years-old at the time the offences were committed in the 1990s, while he was 16.

The court heard Hickey molested the victim, whose childhood was ruined and turned to alcohol to cope when she was older.

The ordeal was brought back to her around 10 years ago, when she read in the Echo that Hickey had been convicted of a sexual assault, but it was 2018 before she came forward.

Hickey, whose past victims include an elderly resident in a nursing home and lone female students, was jailed for 11 years.

Michael Monks

Former children's entertainer Michael Monks kept asking girls to send naked and semi-naked pictures of themselves to him.

He asked who he thought was a 13-year-old child to lift her skirt and take a photo before sending videos of himself performing sex acts.

Despite having been snared by paedophile hunters in the past, the 41-year-old was duped again, this time by an undercover police officer.

The former DJ was jailed for two and a half years in 2017 after asking another decoy profile - also pretending to be a 13-year-old girl - for sex and suggesting they stay the night at a hotel or bed and breakfast.

But the dad was once again caught out in April this year, this time on Kik Messenger while using the names 'AnfieldGuy' and 'MikeLeon'.

Monks, of Richmond Terrace, Anfield, was arrested at a builder's yard where he worked on April 17 and later admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause a child to watch sexual activity.

He was jailed for two years and nine months.

Mohammad Keneshlou

Mohammad Keneshlou, 28, of Rocky Lane, Anfield (Liverpool Echo)

Mohammad Keneshlou punched and kicked a woman when she refused to perform a sex act on him.

The 28-year-old told his female friend he was "sad" and tried to hug and kiss her after an evening drinking.

The woman told him to stop, said she was married and even rang her husband to make clear she wasn't interested.

Keneshlou, of Rocky Lane, Anfield, exposed himself and then pushed the woman's head towards him.

She only escaped after biting him on the hand and screaming to alert neighbours one evening in 2019.

He admitted sexual assault and assault causing actual bodily harm, after prosecutors dropped a charge of attempted rape.

Keneshlou, who had no previous convictions, was jailed for two years and eight months.

Alan Bainbridge

Alan Bainbridge had images of a man having sex with a dog and shared a sick video of a little girl being raped.

Among his disgusting criminal content the 62-year-old kept 501 images of children being sexually abused.

The paedophile had also amassed 52 images of bestiality involving dogs at his then family home in Warrington.

Police found chats in which he was "discussing sexual abuse of children" after raiding his house on May 12, 2020.

Bainbridge, now of Doward Street, Widnes, admitted three counts of downloading, once count of possessing and one count of distributing indecent images of children, plus possessing extreme pornographic images.

He was jailed for 20 months.

Shaleem Nazish

Shaleem Nazish swapped child rape images in a perverted group chat while already under police investigation.

The paedophile claimed he was listening to a podcast when officers stormed his home and took his phone from him in March 2019.

He told officers he was "trying to pause the recording" but was actually trying to cover his tracks having downloaded 6,471 sick images.

While on bail, the 24-year-old went on to share child rape videos in a group chat and "openly discussed sexually abusing children".

But he didn't realise he was talking to an undercover police officer.

Nazish, of Allen Street, Warrington, admitted three counts of downloading and three counts of distributing indecent images of children, plus one count of possessing prohibited images of children.

The pervert, who had similar previous convictions from 2016, was jailed for two and a half years.

Alan Badley

Alan Badley, 33, of no fixed address (Liverpool Echo)

Convicted rapist Alan Badley claimed he only breached the rules of the Sex Offenders Register because he was "running scared".

The violent thug once raped a woman in her own home and threatened to show a video of the attack to people on his estate.

The then 20-year-old headbutted and repeatedly punched the victim during a vicious three-hour ordeal in April 2008.

Badley, from Woodchurch in Birkenhead, was found guilty of rape after a trial and jailed for seven years in December 2008.

The now 33-year-old failed to notify police of his address after leaving a flat in Rice Lane, Wallasey earlier this year because he claimed he was having an affair with a married woman living in the same block whose partner had threatened him.

Badley, who admitted failing to comply with his notification requirements, also admitted two counts of driving while disqualified, two counts of driving without insurance, fraudulently altering a vehicle registration mark, being in charge of a vehicle while above the alcohol limit, and breach of bail.

He was jailed for 20 months.

Kyle Griffiths

Kyle Griffiths, 23, of Middleton Drive, Prescot (Liverpool Echo)

Kyle Griffiths had sick online chats in which he fantasised about being a dad raping his own baby.

The 23-year-old took part in "extremely distributing" conversations with other perverts on WhatsApp.

And he also used the messaging service to share some of his vile collection of child rape videos with two other paedophiles.

His disgusting stash, all downloaded between October 2019 and July 2020, included clips of babies and toddlers being raped.

Police raided his home in Middleton Drive, Prescot, on July 6 last year and seized his Samsung mobile phone containing the files and chats.

Griffiths admitted three counts of downloading, one count of possessing and three counts of distributing indecent photos of children, plus one count of possessing prohibited images of children.

He was jailed for 18 months.

Barry Worrall

Barry Worrall, 36, of Gleneagles Drive, Haydock (Liverpool Echo)

Barry Worrall raped a woman then tried to intimidate the person she disclosed the attack to.

He entered a room when his victim was sleeping and started kissing her, before she woke up and told him to stop.

But when the woman went back to sleep, she woke again to find Worrall, 36, of Gleneagles Drive, Haydock, raping her.

Worrall simply walked off after the rape and smoked a cigarette.

The woman disclosed the attack to a female relative, which led to a complaint being made to the police.

The rapist then intimidated the woman's relative, who was a prosecution witness, by driving past her home and issuing threats.

He denied rape but was found guilty after a trial. Worrall pleaded guilty to witness intimidation shortly before the trial began.

Worrall, who had 40 previous convictions, was jailed for seven years and two months.

Andrew Matthews

Sex offender Andrew Matthews told his victim he was a 'black belt' in attacking women.

After making the vile comment, he grabbed the woman's genitals with such force she was left bruised and crying.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was left suffering "anxiety" and "panic attacks".

Matthews had also "grabbed her by the neck with one hand" and spat in her face before punching her.

The coward, of O'Leary Street, Warrington, was convicted of sexual assault and common assault after a trial.

Matthews had 19 previous convictions for 24 offences including battery against a woman.

He was jailed for 18 months.

Marc Stokes-Denson

Marc Stokes-Denson said he wanted to repeatedly rape a girl, aged 12, as her mum watched.

The 45-year-old tried to claim he was acting as a paedophile hunter and continued the chat because he was "concerned", but a jury didn't believe his lies.

He was actually talking to an undercover police officer who posed as 'Becky' to catch out the pervert in sick chats over two months in 2019.

The pervert told her he was sexually interested in her 12-year-old daughter, ‘Lizzie’ and in vile chats spoke about the two of them sexually abusing the 'child' together.

Stokes-Denson, of The Close, Walton, was found guilty of arranging to commit an offence of penetrative sexual activity with a child.

He was also convicted of attempting sexual communication with a child between the same dates.

Stokes-Denson was jailed for five and a half years.

Leslie Marrs

Leslie Marrs, 76, of Dunkeld Close, Kensington (Merseyside Police)

Leslie Marrs slashed his neck with a craft blade moments after being jailed for a sexual assault on a teenage girl.

Judge Stuart Driver, QC, just warned the dock officer that Marrs had told probation "he would commit suicide before he reached prison".

The 76-year-old then twice cut the right side of his neck, after producing the blade from his suit, before the officer wrestled it from him and he was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Marrs, of Dunkeld Close, Kensington, admitted abusing the girl, who was in her mid-teens, after she disclosed the abuse to a youth worker.

The court heard the girl had suffered nightmares and self-harmed after the attack and had displayed out of character challenging behaviour.

Marr was jailed for two years and eight months.

David Gardner

David Gardner, 65, of Alderley, Skelmersdale (Lancashire Police handout)

David Gardner sexually abused a boy and a girl over a decade.

The 65-year-old, of Alderley, Skelmersdale, molested his victims between 2000 and 2010.

Gardner even made one of his victims watch videos of older men raping children and said his abuse was "all just fun".

He was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and causing and inciting sexual activity with a child.

Gardner had pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of indecent images of children and extreme porn.

He was jailed for 11 years.

David Fowler

David Fowler, 30, of no fixed address but from Warrington (Liverpool Echo)

A sex offender contacted a teenage girl on social media while out of prison on licence.

David Fowler was jailed for nine years in 2015 after pleading guilty to four counts of inciting a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

The 30-year-old, of no fixed address but from Warrington, admitted breaching the terms of a Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO).

He contacted a 15-year-old girl on social media, which breached the terms of the SOPO handed down to him in 2015.

Fowler was jailed for 22 months, which will sit alongside the rest of Fowler's prison sentence from 2015.

Liam Perkins

Liam Perkins, 30, formerly of St Helens, now of Meredith Street, Garston (Liverpool Echo)

Paedophile Liam Perkins barricaded himself in his bedroom at his parents' home then kicked a police officer in the face.

The 30-year-old was caught sharing his disgusting collection of child rape photos with other perverts online.

Police found he had downloaded and distributed the files when they raided his then home in St Helens on March 18, 2020.

But he was released under investigation and caused havoc at his family's home in St Helens in the early hours of January 2.

The dad, now of Meredith Street, Garston, later broke his ex-girlfriend's front door in another violent outburst on February 1.

Perkins admitted three counts of downloading, three counts of distributing and one count of possessing indecent images of children, plus possessing extreme porn, assaulting an emergency worker, resisting arrest and criminal damage.

He was jailed for two years and one month.

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones, 34, of Dorset Road, Tuebrook (Liverpool Echo)

Matthew Jones told his victim to "shut up" when she pleaded with him to stop during a series of rapes.

He assaulted and raped a woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, including an incident when he whipped her with a belt.

The 34-year-old left his victim with severe psychological damage, and she says she "still has many days she wishes she was dead".

Jones, of Dorset Road, Tuebrook, denied any wrongdoing and claimed the woman was lying to a jury.

But jurors found him guilty of four counts of rape and one of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The rapist, who still maintains his innocence, also has a history of violence against another woman - his ex-wife.

He was jailed for nine and a half years.

Kevin Howard

Kevin Howard left a girl "broken" after carrying out horrific sex offences in the 1970s.

The child molester preyed on three children in the Wirral over a number of years and forced two to perform sex acts on him, having attempted to force a third to also do so.

The now 69-year-old left one child "broken" after repeatedly abusing her.

Howard, of Mucklougher, Leitrim in Ireland, has no previous convictions,

He was jailed for 17 years with an extended three years on licence.

Jay Ferguson

Jay Ferguson, 22, of Liverpool Road, Huyton (Liverpool Echo)

A notorious paedophile twice breached their sentence within days of being released from prison.

Jay Ferguson has repeatedly threatened to rape women and children and in 2017 was jailed for owning a sinister 'rape kit'.

The 22-year-old was released on February 26 this year from his latest stint behind bars for writing to a female guard to say he would hunt her down and rape her.

But within days he breached his Sexual Harm Prevention Order by accessing two "female only dating sites" and by contacting his adult niece.

Ferguson, of Liverpool Road, Huyton, was jailed for 10 months.

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw broke into the home of two unsuspecting women before performing a sex act.

The horrified women woke in the early hours of the morning to discover the dad-of-three crouched in the bathroom with his pants pulled down to his knees and genitals exposed.

The disturbing discovery was only made when one of the victims thought she could see her own reflection in the near darkness, only for the figure in the mirror to move.

Shaw, 30, of Railway Path, Ormskirk, is believed to have spent around 20 minutes in the house before he was discovered and then proceeded to perform a sex act on himself after being kicked out.

Shaw had one previous conviction for possession of a knife.

He admitted two counts of exposure and one of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Shaw was jailed for two and a half years.

James Knowles

James Knowles, 78, of Amber Way, West Derby (Liverpool Echo)

James Knowles who raped a little girl "weekly" was told he will probably die in jail.

The terminally ill 78-year-old carried out "depraved sexual acts" on an "extremely young child" several decades ago.

She first went to the police in the 1990s, but said she was told "there was nothing they could do, because it happened years ago".

However, the woman found the courage to come forward again in 2018, leading to her abuser being jailed for 25 years with an extended one year on licence.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, told Knowles "your evil past has now caught up with you", stating: "You are likely to die in prison."

Knowles, of Amber Way, Stockbridge Village, abused the child when she was aged between five and 10.

He denied any wrongdoing, but was found guilty after a trial of six counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault.

Stanley Harris

Stanley Harris who secretly filmed victims showering kept 14 devices hidden from the police.

The pervert was previously jailed after installing a hidden camera in a bathroom and spying on a child, a young woman and their mum.

The 72-year-old's seedy videos were discovered when he took his laptop to a computer repair shop in Bebington in 2016.

Harris was locked up for 13 months and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), banning him from deleting his internet history and meaning he has to register any devices that can connect to the internet with police.

But Harris was hauled back to court after police discovered 14 secret devices and that he had deleted his internet history when officers made a routine visit to his home on June 16 this year.

Harris, of Devonshire Road, Oxton, who admitted two counts of breaching the SHPO, was jailed for 18 weeks.

Lewis Trueman

Lewis Trueman, 33, of Old Wood, Pensby, Wirral (Liverpool Echo)

Lewis Trueman forced his way into a woman's home and sexually assaulted her before laughing afterwards.

The 33-year-old pretended to be looking for someone when he knocked on his victim's kitchen door in Wirral.

But the creep was really hoping his victim would have sex with him and refused to take no for an answer.

A judge said Trueman, of Old Wood, Pensby, tried to force his tongue into her mouth and then his hand down her underwear.

When he finally left her home, he threatened to tell her boyfriend a lie that they had slept together.

Trueman denied any wrongdoing and his victim was cross-examined on video ahead of a trial, before he finally admitted sexual assault.

He had 19 previous convictions for 49 offences, mainly for vehicle theft, and was last convicted in 2012 of producing cannabis.

Trueman was jailed for two and a half years.

Paul Battersby

A paedophile ex-vicar once caught with a shoebox full of kid's clothes is back in jail for the third time after watching children as young as five being raped.

Paul Battersby, 72, formerly of Liverpool, scoured the internet for the sick material and downloaded more than 800 indecent images, all while he was under a court order designed to curb his online activity.

The former Church of England clergyman, who worked for the church for 31 years, built up a sordid collection of 832 images, some of which included the rape of children aged between five and 10.

He has previously been sentenced three times for possessing indecent images of children, and in 2017 was jailed for downloading 1,730 indecent images of children and extreme animal pornography.

Battersby was jailed for four years with an extended three years on licence after admitting three counts of downloading indecent images of children, one count of possessing extreme pornography, breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and possessing 205 prohibited or cartoon images of children.

John Lee

John Lee kept a sickening collection of child sex abuse images for three years.

The paedophile tax officer had a total of 4,781 indecent images of children, 134 of which were videos of children as young as two being raped.

The 43-year-old, who worked for HMRC for 20 years before being sacked, also shared 14 child sex abuse images on WhatsApp and Kik Messenger with a fellow pervert.

He told him he wanted to have sex with an 11-year-old girl he knew, and even sent him a picture of her.

The dad-of-two, of Dalemeadow Road, Knotty Ash, admitted three counts of downloading, one count of possessing and one count of distributing indecent images of children, between July 25, 2017 and May 21, 2020.

Lee was jailed for two years and eight months.

Paul Dutton

Paul Dutton, 61, of Cotswold Grove, St Helens (Liverpool Echo)

Sexual predator Paul Dutton begged for forgiveness after his victim told him: "You are a danger to society and deserve to be in cells."

The 61-year-old sexually abused a teenage boy, leaving the vulnerable child "a broken person" suffering from anxiety and depression.

He hung his head in shame when faced by the brave victim in court, sitting with his devastated mum in the area normally reserved for a jury.

After crying his way through the boy's heartbreaking victim statement, the pervert had the gall to say he was "sorry" as he was sent down.

Dutton, of Cotswold Grove, St Helens, befriended the boy by offering him advice and support, then molested him.

He admitted three counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of sexual activity with a child.

Dutton was jailed for three years.

Matthew Thomas

Over 100 videos 'of a sexual nature' were discovered on Matthew Thomas' phone (Cheshire Constabulary)

Matthew Thomas was exposed as a sick pervert who spied on victims.

The 39-year-old, of Meadowbank Drive in Ellesmere Port, admitted voyeurism, recording images of children, three counts of taking indecent images of children, three counts of making indecent images and two counts of possession of extreme pornography.

Thomas was caught after a woman using a toilet at an unnamed business noticed a bright light coming from a jacket hung up in her cubicle in September 2020.

After taking a closer look, she realised there was a hole in the pocket of the jacket with a camera lens sitting up against the hole and contacted people, leading to his arrest on suspicion of voyeurism.

Police seized three mobile phones, an iPad, laptop and other computer equipment and found more than 100 videos "of a sexual nature" dating as far back as 2008, including videos depicting voyeurism and up skirting.

Officers also discovered 28 indecent images of children and two further videos depicting extreme pornography.

Thomas was jailed for two years and eight months.

Terrence Ryan

Terrence Ryan, 77, of Austral Avenue, Woolston, Warrington (Liverpool Echo)

Paedophile Terrence Ryan who considered himself "untouchable" was finally jailed more than 50 years after he began preying on little boys.

The child rapist, now 77, sexually assaulted a young boy in the early 1960s and would go on to abuse three more children until the late 2000s.

The pensioner, of Austral Avenue, Woolston, Warrington, came to the attention of police after one of his victims bravely came forward to Northumbria Police.

Ryan was arrested and denied the allegations but later admitted 14 counts of historical child sexual abuse, including sexual touching, engaging in sexual activity with a child, inciting sexual activity with a child, and rape.

He was jailed for 14 years and eight months.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith, 39, of Pickerings Close, Runcorn (Cheshire Police)

Andrew Smith who filmed people on the toilet at Creamfields was caught after a woman spotted his phone peeping over a pub cubicle door.

The 39-year-old pervert, of Pickerings Close, Runcorn, also filmed teenage girls getting changed at a theatre, as well as up schoolgirls' skirts.

But the woman spotted his hand holding a phone above her at a pub and she ran out and kicked in the door of the cubicle he was in to confront him, before Smith fled and was stopped by doormen.

Police uncovered a shocking collection of secretly-filmed videos of adults and young girls stored on Smith's digital devices.

He admitted one count of voyeurism in relation to his adult victims, and one count each of possessing and making Category C indecent images of children - the latter two counts relating to the same eight covertly-captured clips of girls backstage at The Brindley Theatre and upskirt videos of girls.

Smith was jailed for two years.

Matthew Prescott

Matthew Prescott claimed his images of children being raped were collected by one of his twisted alter egos.

The paedophile told a psychiatrist his latest stash of sickening pictures and video was not his responsibility, but that of 'Alex'.

Alex is one of five personalities the 27-year-old convicted sex offender said took over him, claiming: "Alex was just there for himself. I've tried to get rid of him so many times."

Prescott, of Cotham Street in St Helens, not only downloaded almost 2,000 videos and pictures, but also shared some of them.

His home was raided in June of last year, when the vile stash was discovered, before more sick photos were found on April 15 this year.

He admitted four counts of downloading, two counts of possessing and one count of distributing indecent images of children.

Prescott was jailed for two and a half years.

Gregory Witham

Gregory Witham, 39, formerly of Walton but now of Manor Road, Blackpool (Liverpool Echo)

Gregory Witham who repeatedly tried to rape a girl was arrested after she wrote "I want to die" on a school computer.

The paedophile molested his young victim on multiple occasions leaving her with "severe psychological harm".

She started self-harming as a result of the abuse, which was spotted by teachers.

But the predator denied any wrongdoing and forced the child to endure a trial, when he blamed her for what happened.

Witham was found guilty of two counts of attempted rape, which the court heard reflected "repeated attempts" to rape his victim.

He was convicted of eight counts sexual activity with a child, which included four counts involving repeatedly touching the girl's genitalia under her clothing, and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, which was an attempt to get her to perform a sex act on him.

Witham, 39, formerly of Walton, but now of Manor Road, Blackpool, was jailed for 16 years with an extended one year on licence.

Peter Edwards

Child rapist Peter Edwards blamed his victim for "taking everything" from him.

After being found guilty of 12 counts of rape, the unrepentant paedophile ranted that he 'hated' his victim.

The 40-year-old repeatedly raped the teenager over two years in Warrington, telling her she was "helping" him.

The girl suffered with depression and anxiety to such an extent that she had to be taken to A&E with severe anxiety attacks.

Edwards, of Kenworthy Lane, Wythenshawe, Manchester, who had no previous convictions, was jailed for 18 years.

The ECHO is unable to show his face because Cheshire Police has refused to release his mugshot - despite official guidelines stating that it should be provided to the media - and the force has not cited any policing purpose for its refusal.

Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin, 34, of Eastbank Street, Southport (Liverpool Echo)

Jamie Martin who was caught with child rape videos and extreme porn involving a dead dog also shared twisted files online.

The paedophile collected 129 indecent images of young sex abuse victims, which he amassed over a six-year period.

The 34-year-old admitted three counts of downloading and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

He also admitted one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child and one count of possessing extreme pornography.

Martin, of Eastbank Street, Southport, wasn't charged with distributing indecent images of children, but had confessed to doing so when interviewed by police.

He was jailed for 20 months.

Steven Davies

Steven Davies groped a little girl playing in the street.

He approached the child when she was standing alone, grabbed hold of her and groped her bottom, in Warrington.

The six-year-old called him a "weirdo" and he ran away, but the girl is now "less joyful" and treats all men as strangers, a court was told.

Davies, of Vulcan Close, Warrington, admitted sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13, shortly before 5pm, on November 5 last year.

Cheshire Police refused to provide his photograph, despite the 44-year-old being jailed for seven months, because he has already been freed.

He was remanded into custody on December 10 last year and his period in custody counts towards the jail sentence.

As a result, after being sentenced, the pervert was immediately released.

David Harvey

David Harvey, 59, of Blackcap Walk, Birchwood, Warrington (Liverpool Echo)

David Harvey admitted raping a girl after police discovered his sick conversations with men fantasising about the abuse.

The paedophile groomed then repeatedly molested the young child, after telling her: "Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to."

The 59-year-old later went online and told one man he could impersonate his victim in twisted sex games - referring to him by the girl's name - but claimed this was just "role play".

The businessman, of Blackcap Walk, Birchwood, Warrington, was arrested after the abuse came to light in June 2020.

Harvey, who had no previous convictions, later admitted rape, three counts of sexual assault and two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was deemed an "offender of particular concern" and jailed for 10 and a half years, with an extended one year on licence.

Christopher Clements

A judge slammed "dangerous paedophile" Christopher Clements and said his "state of complete denial" suggested he was beyond help.

Clements groomed and sexually abused a young boy who now has nightmares "every time I close my eyes".

He gave the boy wine to drink and watched porn in his presence before subjecting the child to depraved abuse.

It was the second time 70-year-old Clements, formerly of West Derby, had molested a boy, having previously been jailed over similar abuse.

But he chose to deny abusing the second child, who had to endure a trial.

Clements abused the second boy in Liverpool in the 1990s and 2000s.

He was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.

Clements was jailed for six years, with an extended two years on licence.

Merseyside Police said it did not have a mugshot of Clements.

Alan Cherry

Alan Cherry, 64, of Holley Court, Rainhill (Liverpool Echo)

Alan Cherry said only death would cure his sexual interest in children when he was confronted by paedophile hunters on Facebook Live.

The 64-year-old, formerly of Akenside Court, Bootle, keeps getting caught trying to talk to underage girls on the internet.

The former window cleaner has twice been convicted of sexual offences and last year was jailed for eight months.

But after yet more sick online chats this summer with two 'girls' he thought were aged 12 and 13 but were actually paedophile hunters, he was met outside his new home at Holley Court, Rainhill on August 12.

Cherry's sex offender manager also visited him, when he admitted talking to someone who told him they were 13.

He admitted two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and one count of attempting to breach a SHPO.

Cherry was jailed for three years and two months.

Gareth Rogers

Gareth Rogers, 41, of Easton Road, New Ferry, Wirral (Liverpool Echo)

Gareth Rogers arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl for a date at McDonald's so he could take her back to his house for sex.

The dad-of-two wanted "Lily" to be his "friend with benefits" when his wife was at work and his children were in day care.

The married 41-year-old even told the child he wouldn't need to wear a condom because he'd undergone a vasectomy.

But the paedophile, of Easton Road, New Ferry, was actually talking to an undercover police officer the whole time.

And when he turned up at the McDonald's restaurant in Hunts Cross on February 21 this year, the pervert was stopped in his car and arrested.

Rogers admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted taking, possessing and distributing one Category C indecent image of a child.

Rogers was jailed for two years and four months.

Darren Duncan

Darren Duncan, 36, of Bridge Street, Nairn, near Inverness in Scotland (Liverpool Echo)

Darren Duncan started a relationship with a mum and befriended her three daughters despite being a "high risk sex offender".

The 36-year-old was once jailed for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in Scotland.

He started dating a mum-of-four in St Helens, who has three girls and a boy, all aged under 16.

Before long he was staying at their home, playing with the children, and even took one girl out shopping "just the two of them".

He is subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), which bans him from having contact with any female under the age of 16.

Duncan, of Bridge Street, Nairn, near Inverness, admitted two counts of breaching his SOPO.

The pervert, who has 17 past convictions for 29 offences, was jailed for three years and four months.

Joseph Puravady

Joseph Puravady, 59, of Clearwater Close, Kensington (Liverpool Echo)

KFC worker Joseph Puravady groped a colleague's breasts then claimed she was racist when she reported his sexual assault.

The 59-year-old followed the woman to a staff room, where he knew she would be alone, in a "predatory" attack.

The married dad later had his own adult daughter send a text apologising to the victim and asking for her forgiveness.

But the pervert, of Clearwater Close, Kensington, then denied any wrongdoing and accused the woman of racism when he gave evidence in a trial.

Even after being found guilty of sexual assault by a jury, he moaned she was a "bully" who held a "grudge" against him.

He was jailed for eight months.

Colin Waring

Colin Waring, 30, of Thornleigh Avenue, Eastham (Liverpool Echo)

Colin Waring told a mum he wanted to rape her two daughters aged eight and 12.

The dad-of-three shared a child rape video during sickening online chats with a woman called "Jennie".

The 30-year-old even sent her a picture of his penis with "Ped Dad" - short for paedophile dad - written on it.

But the whole time the pervert was talking to an undercover police officer and her daughters weren't real.

Waring spoke to the officer, who posed as Jennie on chat service Kik Messenger, between April 30 and May 5 last year.

The pervert, of Thornleigh Avenue, Eastham, sent her two indecent images of children on May 4, 2020 - one the rape video.

Waring pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing indecent images of children.

However, he denied two counts of intentionally encouraging the commission of an offence, namely the rape of a child under 13.

A jury convicted him of both counts by a majority of 11-1, following a five-day trial.

Waring was jailed for seven years, with an extended one year on licence.

Lee Bayliss

Lee Bayliss' sick stash of indecent photos included children as young as two-years-old.

He amassed a collection of more than 1,100 horrifying images over a two-year period, shortly after he was handed a community order for similar offences.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) made in 2018 banned him from deleting any search history and ordered him to hand over any internet-accessible devices when asked to by an officer.

The 49-year-old, of Sephton Drive, Ormskirk, tried to hide his depraved habit by using virtual software, but it was uncovered when police officers visited him on August 6 last year, and his disturbing library of images was recovered.

Bayliss, who has two past convictions for 15 offences, admitted deleting data in breach of his SOPO and four counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He was jailed for two years and three months.

Simon Holt

Simon Holt, 39 and of North Road in St Helens, was sentenced to six years and nine months after admitting five counts of sexual activity with a child. Image: Merseyside Police (Liverpool ECHO)

Simon Holt who got a schoolgirl pregnant was slammed by a judge who told him: "You were the adult. You were supposed to know better."

The 39-year-old repeatedly took advantage of his victim, sometimes while both were drunk.

Several of the offences took place after both had drank alcohol while, on one occasion, he pinned his victim down, told her he was "horny" and committed a sexual act upon her, even after she had told him she was "tired".

Holt's crimes came to light after the victim's mum discovered her daughter was pregnant and called police.

A DNA test later established the child was Holt's.

The warehouse worker, who has a young son, offered no comment when questioned about his actions, but later admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child.

Holt, of North Road in St Helens, was jailed for six years and nine months.

James Navickas

James Navickas, 28, of Joules Close, Walton (Liverpool Echo)

James Navickas sexually assaulted a woman then begged her not to tell the police in text messages the next day.

The 28-year-old performed a sex act on his victim, which she previously told him she found the idea of "abhorrent".

A judge said Navickas, of Joules Close, Walton, sexually assaulted her when she was "particularly vulnerable".

Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said: "Because she was so drunk, she was incapable of giving informed consent."

Navickas, who apologised in the texts, admitted sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration.

He was jailed for three and a half years.

Philip Cook

Philip Cook, 51, of Davenport Row, Halton Lodge, Runcorn (Runcorn Weekly News)

Philip Cook was convicted of a string of historical child sex abuse offences from the late 1980s.

The 51-year-old, of Davenport Row, Halton Lodge, Runcorn was found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault of a child.

The charges reflected an escalation of worsening crimes from sexual touching to activity characterised as rape.

The vile abuse was committed against a young boy under the age of 12 and included sex acts and "simulated sexual intercourse".

The offences took place in Liverpool in the late 1980s, when Cook was an adult teenager.

Cook was jailed for nine years.

Farzad Shabani

Farzad Shabani, 30, of Rectory Road, Crumpsall, Manchester (Liverpool ECHO)

Farzad Shabani continued a rape through the tears of a student before waging a campaign of manipulation to prevent her from seeking justice.

The 30-year-old fought through her efforts to push him away then shamelessly became angry at her devastation following the assault.

He then tried to convince her the assault was her fault, before putting her through the ordeal of hearing him lie through a trial.

Shabani carried out his attack in the early hours of the morning at a university halls of residence in Liverpool.

He then launched a vindictive social media campaign that included the creation of a fake Instagram profile, through which he sought to provoke the student in an attempt to make her write responses he could use to undermine her.

Shabani, of Rectory Road, in Crumpsall, Manchester, was jailed for six and a half years.

Kim Rampley

Kim Rampley, 68, of Grange Avenue, Latchford, Warrington (Liverpool Echo)

Kim Rampley was caught loitering at a bus station where he has a history of leering at schoolgirls.

The pervert has been on the Sex Offenders Register since 2002 and was jailed in 2006 for sexually assaulting a girl.

Since then he has harassed women and children at bus stops and train stations across Merseyside and Cheshire.

The 68-year-old, formerly of Frank Street, Widnes, was hit with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) in June 2015.

But he breached this on August 21 this year, when he "loitered" at Warrington Bus Station while drunk.

Rampley, of Grange Avenue, Latchford, Warrington, admitted breaching his SHPO and a suspended sentence.

He was jailed for 30 weeks - nearly seven months - in total.

William Dixon

William Dixon who sexually abused two young boys more than 30 years ago was told he may die in prison.

The 70-year-old was jailed for 21 years after he was convicted following a re-trial of serious sexual abuse of the youngsters.

Dixon, a former Bootle man, is awaiting operations and Recorder Ian Unsworth, QC, told him "it may mean you will never come out".

The paedophile - who has served six years in prison for raping another boy - brazenly denied all the allegations at an earlier trial and re-trial.

After Dixon was released from a previous rape sentence he received in 1997 he re-located and now lives in Brock Gardens, Reading.

Dixon was found guilty of indecency with one boy and indecently assaulting him, and seven counts of indecent assault against the other boy, one of an offence today classed as rape, and two counts of an offence now termed attempted rape.

Merseyside Police said they didn't have his mugshot because he attended a voluntary interview.

Gary Mulligan

Gary Mulligan, 51, of Riddell Way, Juniper Grove, St Helens (Liverpool Echo)

Gary Mulligan tried to rape a teenage girl before he later claimed she 'came onto him'.

He took advantage of and sexually assaulted his vulnerable victim when she was drunk.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he came as close to raping her as possible, without actually doing so.

But the cowardly predator later suggested it was him who had resisted the advances of the child.

Mulligan, 51, of Riddell Way, Juniper Grove, St Helens, targeted the girl one night in 2005.

He was unanimously found guilty by a jury of attempted rape, causing a child to look at an image of sexual activity, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration.

Mulligan was jailed for 11 and a half years.

Michael Carr

Michael Carr, 57, of Station Road, Maghull (Liverpool Echo)

Michael Carr who played sick games with a young girl had the smile wiped off his face at court.

The paedophile repeatedly sexually abused the child when she was aged between six and 11 and he was aged 17 to 23.

He indecently assaulted the girl, who had to take off clothes if she lost at cards and was made to dance for him in her underwear.

The 57-year-old, of Station Road, Maghull, smiled and grinned when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing via video link.

However, Carr stopped smiling when he was jailed for eight years and told he must serve two thirds of the sentence behind bars.

Carr was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault after a trial.

Christopher Beaugeard

Christopher Beaugeard preyed on children decades apart and shamelessly accused one of his schoolgirl victims of "leading him on".

The paedophile targeted three young girls across two counties, committing his final crimes as a pensioner.

When his offences came to light he tried to kill himself, later telling the medics who helped him: "I have done something very wrong and I regret this."

Beaugeard struck three times over a period of more than 30 years, targeting girls aged 14 and under in the Sefton and Essex areas.

The 76-year-old, now of The Limes, Chelmsford, admitted two counts of indecent assault of a child under the age of 14 and five counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 13.

He was jailed for eight years. Merseyside Police said it did not have a mugshot of Beaugeard.

Ryan Kitchen

Ryan Kitchen, 26, of Strafford Drive, Bootle (Liverpool Echo)

A judge today told Ryan Kitchen he had no doubt a jury was right to convict him of sexually abusing a young boy.

The 26-year-old repeatedly molested his vulnerable victim by sexually assaulting him on 20 separate occasions.

Kitchen, of Strafford Drive, Bootle, denied any wrongdoing and claimed the child was lying in a trial last month.

But after jurors heard evidence from both him and the boy, they unanimously found Kitchen guilty of six counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual activity in the presence of a child, while acquitting him of one further count of sexual assault.

Judge Garrett Byrne told Kitchen: "Having seen the evidence of the boy during the trial, I have no doubt the jury's verdicts were correct."

Kitchen was jailed for eight years.

Mathew Cowley

Mathew Cowley, 37, of Shiel Road, Kensington (Merseyside Police)

"Sexual deviant" Mathew Cowley propositioned a ‘13-year-old boy’ online.

He already had a conviction for sexually abusing a schoolboy he met via Skype and was banned from communicating with under 16-year-olds.

But that didn’t deter Corley, who was actually talking to an undercover police officer on August 5 this year.

Cowley told the decoy "I don’t mind first timers as long as it’s a secret" and said it was "better" if the child was a virgin.

The 37-year-old - previously jailed for three years in 2016 for molesting a child at a cemetery - confessed when arrested and interviewed by police.

Cowley, of Shiel Road, Kensington, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He was jailed for two and a half years.

Anyone with information or who wants to report sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.

Children concerned about abuse can contact Childline 24/7 on 0800 1111, and adults concerned about the wellbeing of children can phone the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.

Anyone concerned about their own behaviour, or that of a family member, can contact stopitnow.org.uk and get-help.stopitnow.org.uk


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