June 2022

“Sadistic and abhorrent” Derbyshire man

A Derbyshire father who “actively encouraged” a paedophile to sexually abuse children then commented on the pictures has been jailed for 10 years.

A judge told “wholly sadistic and abhorrent” Jason Wardle he had caused harm against “real children” – knowing “full well” the other man had been abusing them.

Derby Crown Court heard how Wardle’s “truly despicable” crimes came to light after Abraham Berger – who was “extremely active” in paedophile groups – was arrested in London.

Berger – who was jailed for 14 years – shared images in online chat platform Kick with Wardle showing him sexually abusing very young children.

After sending one of the photos Berger added “I love being a paedophile”.

However after Berger’s arrest Metropolitan Police officers alerted Derbyshire Police to Wardle’s user profile – “daddy feels it” – which was used during his chats with the London man.

Alan Murphy, prosecuting, said: “They identified (Wardle) as someone who posed an immediate risk to children and made a report to Derbyshire Police.

“The IP address led to a garage where he worked – he was arrested on September 23, 2020.”

The court heard sick Wardle claimed to be sexually abusing two young children himself, encouraging Berger to distribute photos online

Recorder Michael Auty QC told Wardle: “Abraham Burger was arrested in London – he had been extremely active in paedophile chat groups fantasising about the sexual abuse of particularly young children.

“He distributed images depicting him sexually abusing children – you joined the chatroom and became an enthusiastic participant”

The judge said Wardle’s use of the user name “daddy feels it” gave “an indication of the depths to which you sank”.

He said: “You actively encouraged Berger to commit child sexual abuse – a good deal of what you said was complete fantasy.

“But when it came to Berger it ascended fantasy and became reality – you asked for photographic evidence of the abuse.

“These were real children and harm was perpetrated – you knew full well Berger had been sexually abusing children up to that point.”

Prosecutor Mr Murphy described how during Wardle’s arrest in September 2020 police seized his devices and found over 4,000 indecent images of children.

The most serious pictures showed children as young as four years old being raped by adults.

Wardle had previously been jailed in 2014 for 20 months after being found in possession of indecent images, the court heard.

The defendant, of Derby Road, Heanor, admitted arranging the commission of a child sex offence and breaching a sexual offending prevention order.

He was jailed for 10 years with a two-year extension period and ordered to serve at least two-thirds of the custodial element.

February 2014

Pervert from Heanor jailed for looking at sexual abuse photos of babies

A pervert has been jailed after being caught with abuse pictures of babies only months after being freed from jail for a similar crime.

The images were discovered after police raided the home and workplace of motorcycle painter Jason Wardle, 29, of Stoddard Drive, Heanor.

A 20-month prison term was imposed on Wardle, who admitted five charges of downloading indecent images of children between September 2012 and March last year.

Derby Crown Court heard he had been released from prison in June 2011, just over half way through a 34-week term.

Judge Michael Fowler told Wardle: “You recognise you have a perverted obsession and fascination for images of sexual activity with young children.

“I don’t accept your fascination is so strong that you are compelled to go out and buy a computer and are compelled to sit down and commit these offences.

“It seems to me, as long as you tell yourself that, you will keep committing this type of offence. If that happens, you will face sentences of increasing length.”

After viewing the worst of the images, the judge said some included “very young children, babes in arms”.

Some others were of youngsters aged around 12 and 13.

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said police got a search warrant on March 21 last year. They found a total of 2,141 images on a mobile phone and laptop found in his bedroom.

For the next ten years, Wardle must make any computer available to be checked by police. He must also not erase details of sites he has visited.

Gregor Purcell, mitigating, urged the judge to impose a lengthy order which would allow Wardle to stay out of prison but go on a three-year course to tackle the problem.

“He accepts he has this problem but needs help with it,” he said.

“The difficulty is he will not get it in prison unless he is in there for a significant period of time and will not get supervision when he is released.

“He has shown candour to accept it and I would ask he is not punished for that candour. He had a problem in 2011 and he still has that problem.

“The problem needs to be dealt with, otherwise it will always be there.”