April 2022

Paedophile walks free after sending images of kids being raped

A paedophile that downloaded and then shared pictures online of children as young as six being raped has walked free from court.

25-year-old Joshua Stoll used chat platforms Kik and Wickr to send indecent images to other paedophiles but still denies he has a sexual interest in children.

Officers analysing his phones found the 25-year-old, from Warrington, had also downloaded images of young babies in what Liverpool’s top judge said was “truly shocking” abuse.

Nick Cockrell, prosecuting, said police raided Stoll’s home in November last year after receiving intelligence he had indecent images of children.

Officers found 1,115 such pictures and videos and later discovered Stoll had used private groups on chat forums to distribute images.

Mr Cockrell said: “Police officers also discovered chatlogs on platforms as Wickr and Kik where it could be seen that the defendant was distributing indecent images of children in groups that he was responsible for setting up.”

Addressing the content of the images found in Stoll’s possession, Mr Cockrell said: “They include videos of the utmost depravity.”

The court later heard babies judged to be around six months old were seen in some of the images in Stoll’s possession and that he sent images to others of kids as young as six.

Stoll later admitted to making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children as well as possession of extreme pornography. 

The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Andrew Menary QC told him: “I do not accept for one minute the continued protestation you make that you have absolutely no sexual interest in children.”

Judge Menary said the combination of Stoll’s lack of previous convictions, clear desire to address his behaviour, his mental health diagnoses and his significant role as a carer meant he could suspend his sentence.

Stoll, of Lavender Gardens, was handed at 20 month jail term, suspended for 18 months. He must also complete a range of other requirements, including 30 rehabilitation days and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Stoll is also required to comply with the notification requirements for sex offenders for the next ten years.