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Spennymoor man with sexual interest in underage girls jailed for 30 months
A MAN made contact with a young girl on an internet chat room site, urging her to send a naked picture of herself to him, a court heard.
Malcolm McRae, 45, then referred her to others in a file share site and, “very quickly” she received a number of similar requests from adult men taking an interest in her, Durham Crown Court was told.
John Gillette, prosecuting, said it came to police attention and as a result of inquiries officers visited McRae’s home, in South Street, Spennymoor, County Durham, on July 18.
His computer equipment was seized and examination revealed it contained a total of 1,506 indecent images of children, across the range of severity, some of which he had forwarded to others with similar interests.
Mr Gillette said McRae was “very candid” in his police interview, accepting he had the images and sending some to about 100 other people.
“He readily accepted being aroused by such images, and having contact with people all over the world," he said.
“They were aged 13 upwards, 75 or so, mostly girls, but some boys as well.
“He would chat with them in what was a sexualised manner, but he claimed that only if he thought they were aged 18 or over.
“He was also quite candid about having fantasies of having sex with children aged ten upwards to 16.”
Mr Gillette said McRae was also “frank” about a previous conviction for a sexual offence involving a 10-year-old boy, dating from 1989 when he lived in Scotland, for which he was jailed for three years.
Scott Smith, mitigating, said: “He’s 45 and very open and honest about the sexual attraction to post and pre-pubescent females.
“He was unusually co-operative with police and it’s acknowledged this offence has crossed the custody threshold.”
McRae admitted 14 counts of making an indecent image of a child, one of possession and three of distribution of such material.
Jailing him for two-and-a-half years, Recorder Ian Atherton told McRae that the case was “aggravated” by his previous sexual offence, albeit dating back 24 years.
He ordered forfeiture of McRae’s computer equipment, and made him subject of registration as a sex offender and a sexual offences prevention order (Sopo), both indefinitely.
The Sopo restricts his future use of the internet and contact with anyone aged 16 and under.