Oldham paedophile Craig Seville jailed

A paedophile, caught by an undercover police officer posing online as a 12-year-old girl, has been jailed.

Craig Seville, 37, from Springhead, Oldham, was on bail over other child sex offences when he had a chat with the officer, Preston Crown Court was told.

He admitted numerous offences committed in Blackpool in September while being investigated by Greater Manchester Police.

Seville, of Mayfield Avenue, was jailed for three years and four months.

'Exposed himself'

He pleaded guilty to attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The court heard he asked the "girl" if she was interested in sexual experimentation and then if she was interested in meeting in person.

The court was told that on another occasion Seville, who gave his real age, exposed himself to her on a webcam.

When he committed the offences he was under investigation by Greater Manchester Police and his email account was flagged up accessing internet chatrooms and engaging in sexual talk with young people.

A warrant was executed at the Oldham home of the defendant last February and his laptop computer was seized.

A total of 436 indecent images of children - some at the most serious category of Level 5 - were found on his computer and it was discovered he had been involved in Skype messaging three users who appeared to be under 16.

The court was told he had also distributed a number of indecent images to online users.

'Appallingly abused'

He admitted in court he had used chatrooms for about 10 years to talk to teenage girls but said he was merely curious.

Barbara Webster, defending, said stress of the economic recession triggered Seville's downfall.

She said: "He maintains he entered this fantasy world to take him out of the real world."

In sentencing him, Judge Stuart Baker dismissed his argument. "This is not the stuff of fantasy. There is no fantasy world involving abuse of children.

"The children depicted in the images are real children being appallingly abused by adults elsewhere in the world."

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