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10th Dec, 2019

Perverted engineer jailed for paying women to sexually abuse children online

A PERVERTED engineer from Leamington has been jailed for paying two women to sexually abuse children online.

Former Jaguar Land Rover automotive engineer Dean Petley met the women on an adult services website and was exposed following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

He paid Jodie Little, who called herself ‘devil bitch 666’, £750 from January 2017 to February 2018 to see her sexually abuse two young children. Little, 30, originally from Huddersfield but living in Cyprus, was jailed in August for 12 years and four months for the crimes.

And 30-year-old Petley, who also worked at a technology company based at the University of Warwick APCUK, paid Christine Callaghan, 33 of Bexhill on Sea, £2,285 over three years to watch her over Skype sexually abuse a young girl.

He has now been jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to 11 charges.

Petley was arrested last October after being identified as one of Little’s customers.

Online chat extracted from her devices showed he had asked her to perform sex acts in front of young children.

Little had sent Petley ten electronic files, one of which showed her sexually abusing a very young girl and talking graphically about the child being raped.

NCA investigators rearrested Petley in May this year after further evidence was found on an encrypted hard drive at his home.

It contained screenshots of conversations with the second woman over two years and full facial images of her carrying out abuse with a small window of Petley watching it.

NCA officers discovered evidence of Petley instructing the woman about how to abuse the child, and the woman discussing what she would do for money.

The hard drive also contained a video of the woman abusing the young girl.

Five indecent images of children were also found on the drive.

NCA operations manager Jason Booth said: “Petley’s and Callaghan’s convictions were only possible because of our determination to make Jodie Little face justice.

“Distance is not a barrier for the NCA in pursuing UK child sex offenders wherever they are. The investigation into Little has unravelled other leads that our policing partners are working on.

“These were horrendous crimes, but they’re an example of what the NCA is seeing more and more with increasingly worsening cyber-enabled child sexual offending.

“The NCA knows that the scale and severity of offending against children are worsening.

“We and UK police arrest around 500 child sex offenders a month and safeguard about 700 children a month.

“There is no greater priority for us than protecting children.”

Anyone concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000, while Childline is there for young people on 0800 1111 or via www.childline.org.uk.

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