8th Jul, 2020

Woman paid to sexually abuse young girl by paedophile jailed

Ian Hughes 9th Dec, 2019 Updated: 9th Dec, 2019

A WOMAN paid £2,285 by a Leamington paedophile to stream footage of herself sexually abusing a young girl has been sentenced to six years behind bars.

Christine Callaghan used Skype to send fellow child sex offender Dean Petley the harrowing abuse footage over the course of three years.

The 33-year-old, of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, admitted distributing category A – the most serious – live streamed videos, distributing a category B indecent live streamed video, and two counts of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

She was jailed when she appeared at Isleworth Crown Court, given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and put on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

The National Crime Agency caught Callaghan, and 30-year-old Petley after investigating Jodie Little who was jailed for 12 years and four months in August this year for sexually abusing children online.

In July 2018, the NCA became aware of 30-year-old Little sexually abusing children under the online names ‘Devil*****666’ and ‘DomTaboo****’ on an adult services website from her home in northern Cyprus. She was returned to the UK and admitted nine offences.

She was convicted of eight of them using Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 – legislation designed to prosecute British nationals in the UK for crimes committed abroad.

Little’s investigation generated new leads.

In October last year the NCA arrested Petley, a former Jaguar Land Rover automotive engineer, after identifying him as one of Little’s customers. He admitted 11 charges and was jailed last month for eight years.

Online chat found on Little’s devices showed Petley had asked her to perform sex acts in front of young children and he paid her £750 from January 2017 to February 2018 to see her sexually abuse two victims.

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

Petley was rearrested in May this year after further evidence – linking him to Callaghan – was found on an encrypted hard drive at his home.

It contained screenshots of conversations with Callaghan over two years and full facial images of her abusing the victim with a small window of Petley watching it.

Callaghan discussed with Petley what she would do for money and he instructed her how to abuse the victim.

The hard drive also contained a video of Callaghan abusing the young girl, and screenshots showed that on at least ten different dates over three years, 2016 to 2018, she performed sexual activity in front of the victim.

Matt Hall, NCA operations manager, said: “These were horrendous crimes that Callaghan carried out for money.

“Her and Petley’s prosecutions were possible because of our determination to ensure Jodie Little faced justice.

“Little might have been abroad but distance is not a barrier for the NCA in pursuing UK child sex offenders wherever they are.

“These crimes are 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.”

* Child Protection Charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.

Anyone concerned a crime has been committed against a child should contact police.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Redditch Standard.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Redditch Standard.

Career Finder 24/7

Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.

Reader offers

Check out all of the latest reader offers to get your hands on some free gifts.