‘Dan­ger­ous’ pae­dophile locked up for 21 years

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AN­DREW BARDSLEY

A ‘COM­MIT­TED pae­dophile’ who tried to blame an in­no­cent man af­ter be­ing caught watch­ing a video of a man as­sault­ing a baby has been locked up for more than 20 years.

A judge said Da­men Scott, 34, had shown a ‘com­plete lack of in­sight’ into his crimes, and he still main­tains his in­no­cence.

He was jailed for 21 years, and or­dered to serve an ex­tra five years on li­cence as part of an ex­tended sen­tence, af­ter Scott was de­clared ‘dan­ger­ous.’

“The re­al­ity is that you are a com­mit­ted pae­dophile,” Judge An­thony Cross QC told Scott.

“You seek out oth­ers to com­mit of­fences of the most se­ri­ous grav­ity.”

Manch­ester Crown Court heard that Scott posed on­line us­ing var­i­ous aliases to fur­ther his in­ter­est in sick child abuse im­ages. Some of the ‘ap­pallingly ex­plicit’ con­ver­sa­tions were traced to his IP ad­dress at his home in Lit­tle Hul­ton, Sal­ford.

When the case reached the courts, Scott tried to blame a man he had been in a brief re­la­tion­ship with, af­ter they had met on Tin­der.

“You in a de­vi­ous way in­vented a wholly ly­ing ac­count of a re­la­tion­ship,” Judge Cross said.

“But the jury saw through your lies and you were con­victed.”

The jury was ex­cused from ever hav­ing to serve again due to the har­row­ing na­ture of the case.

Scott had sent and re­ceived im­ages, in­clud­ing an im­age from a pae­dophile in the West Mid­lands, who sent him a video of him as­sault­ing a baby. He sent mes­sages back ap­prov­ing of the vile act, and sent fur­ther mes­sages to en­cour­age the pae­dophile to carry out another rape.

The crim­i­nal who at­tacked the baby was jailed for 24 years for his crimes fol­low­ing a sep­a­rate court case. Judge Cross said there was ‘no dis­tinc­tion to be made of any real sort’ be­tween the pair, as Scott had a ‘vir­tual pres­ence’ when the ‘heinous acts’ were com­mit­ted.

Scott, of Ashawe Ter­race, Lit­tle Hul­ton, was found guilty of 10 of­fences at a trial, namely five counts of dis­tribut­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren; two counts of en­cour­ag­ing or as­sist­ing the com­mis­sion of an in­dictable of­fence; and three counts of mak­ing an in­de­cent im­age of a child.

He had pleaded guilty to a fur­ther seven of­fences be­fore the trial.

These were three counts of mak­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, three counts of pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren and one count of pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited im­age of a child.

“It is that sort of be­hav­iour on your part, that sort of con­duct from which the pub­lic must be pro­tected for a very long time,” said Judge Cross.

Af­ter the hear­ing, an NSPCC spokesman said: “By di­rect­ing the mon­sters he met on­line to carry out un­think­able abuse of young vic­tims for his own plea­sure, Scott has shown he is a se­ri­ous dan­ger to chil­dren.”

Da­men Scott

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