June 2022

Ashington pervert said he ‘loved things he shouldn’t like’ in sickening chats during police sting

A pervert has been jailed after sickening online exchanges with what turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Benjamin Parr thought he was chatting to an internet user called ‘Dan’ but had been caught in a covert sting.

He had struck up a conversation on Kik, in a group police believed was linked to child sexual abuse and they began to exchange private messages.

During four days of vile chat, Parr confessed he “loved things he shouldn’t like”, said he needed a child who was “trained” and boasted that his “eyes had only recently been opened” when he was sent an image of a girl aged seven or eight and he “liked it”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Parr sent three videos and one picture of child abuse, featuring victims aged between five and 13, as well as a bestiality video to ‘Dan’ during the chats in April 2021.

And when police raided his home they seized a mobile phone containing a total of 21 indecent images, both still and moving, across all three categories of seriousness and featuring children aged between seven and 12.

Parr, 27, of Woodlands Road, Ashington, Northumberland, admitted three charges of making indecent images of children, distributing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced him to 16 months behind bars. Parr must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.