April 2022

Ex-McDonald’s worker jailed AGAIN after he’s caught out as vile paedophile

A convicted paedophile is back behind bars for a 3rd time after he was caught engaging in online chats about child sexual abuse weeks after his release from jail.

Brett Harriss, 28, had been locked up for 27 months after he ignored a court order and used an Xbox to trawl the internet for child pornography.

After serving a year of his sentence, the former McDonald’s worker moved into a hostel.

But just three months later, he was found in the illegal possession of a phone and tablet whilst he used to secretly communicate with other paedophiles.

It emerged he had used the devices to download more squalid material over a period of six weeks and to communicate on forums with what he called ‘like minded individuals’ via the encrypted social media app Telegram.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Harriss, from Bredbury, Stockport, who appeared via video link from Berwyn jail in Wrexham, North Wales, was sent back to jail for another 30 months after he admitted five charges of breaching the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and making an indecent image of a child.

He admitted a sexual attraction towards children 

Harriss had originally been locked up in 2017 for 32 months and was barred from using the internet after he distributed child pornography to other online predators.

He was released in 2019 but he was arrested again that December after he secretly acquired the games console to go online and trawl for more squalid images of youngsters – some aged as young as two.

Police carrying out a routine check on Harriss discovered he had stored a library of 981 sick images on an iPad and filed them in folders labelled ‘rape’, ‘younger’, ‘dad and daughter’ and ‘sibling’.

The latest offences were discovered last year when Harriss was released in January 2021 and he moved into a hostel. Police had already carried out a series of routine inspections in which he insisted he had no electronic devices to use the internet.

But the truth emerged on April 29 last year when officers searched his room during an unannounced visit. Prosecutor Miss Sophie Kenny said: ”He produced a Huawei tablet device and when asked if he had any other devices produced an internet enabled Alcatel mobile phone.

”He told officers there were Japanese style cartoons of child sex abuse and other indecent images on the tablet. He said he had been using the Telegram app to speak to what he called ‘like minded individuals’ who would forward him onto forums where he could discuss child sex abuse.

”Both items were seized and sent for investigation. The tablet was found to have Google auto fill records with entries including ‘club paedo’, ‘prison bus paedo’ and ‘extreme pead’ which had been searched over the previous two months.

”Two images were also found which were judged to be a female aged between nine and 12 and the tablet was found to have a cloud storage account and an encrypted SD card was recovered.

Harriss was interviewed and made full admissions saying the pictures had been downloaded using the Telegram app and said he was sexually attracted to children

Harriss will also be made subject to a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will sign the Sex Offender Register for an indefinite period.

He can only use an electronic device to access the internet if it has ‘risk management software’ installed and managed by police.

April 2020

Ex-McDonald’s worker sent back to prison for child abuse images on Xbox after early release for sharing sick pictures

AN ex-McDonald’s worker has been sent back to prison for possessing child abuse images after he was released early for sharing sick pictures online.

Brett Harriss, 26, had served two years of a 32-month sentence and had been barred from using the internet.

But he secretly used an Xbox console to go online and trawl for more vile images of youngsters – some aged as young as two.

Police carrying out a routine check up on Harriss discovered he had stored a library of 981 sick images on an iPad and filed them in folders labelled “rape”, “younger”, “dad and daughter” and “sibling”.

He later admitted his sexual attraction towards children.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Harriss, from Bredbury, Stockport, was sent back to jail for 27 months after he admitted possessing extreme and prohibited images of children, making indecent photographs and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

The court heard he had been originally locked up in 2017 for distributing child abuse images to other online predators.

He was released last year and moved into a property but he was arrested again last December after he was assigned to a new police sex offender manager.

Prosecutor Lisa Boocock said: “The PC went to visit the defendant for a home visit and saw the defendant had an Xbox 360 connected to the internet, which he was not entitled to have as it was not registered with police.

“Police also searched a tablet which had been registered with the authorities and found inappropriate search terms had been used.

“Police found 258 category A images including more than 100 moving images, 93 category B images and 630 category C images.

“He recognises he has a sexual interest in children. This was a serious and persistent breach involving hundreds of indecent images.”

Passing sentence, Judge Sophie McKone told Harriss: “Your case is significantly aggravated by the fact you have a previous conviction from 2017 for a very similar offence and that custodial sentence who received clearly taught you nothing.

“You must recognise children have to be abused to feed the material that you buy into.

“People like you with a sexual interest in children want to see images of children, and whenever that happens children are going to be abused.”