A Radstock man who tried to get intimate photos of a baby girl, and distributed child abuse pictures online, has been jailed for five years.
Danny Lamb used a social media chat room to speak to a woman who said she had access to a baby, Bristol Crown Court heard.
As well as encouraging her to interfere with the baby he tried to get her to take photos of the baby’s private parts, but none was taken.
Lamb, 25, of Walnut Buildings in Radstock, pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating child prostitution or pornography, and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
He also pleaded guilty to three charges of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, and seven charges of making an indecent photograph of a child.
Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC jailed him for five years and ordered him to serve a four-year extended licence period.
The judge told him: “These are serious sexual offences to which you eventually pleaded guilty. They are wholly unattractive and very wrong.
“They display, clearly, an interest by you in very young children. The images which you collected and distributed included images of penetrative sex involving young children.”
The judge said Lamb could be defined as a dangerous offender, after a probation report concluded he posed a high risk of harm to children and there was a likelihood of him committing another sexual offence. He handed him an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order, including a proviso that he must advise police of internet use on devices retaining his internet use history.
Nicholas Fridd, prosecuting, said in mid-2013 Lamb was sharing a house in Bath but he left at short notice and took an occupant’s phone with him – which he claimed was sold to him. When police examined the phone they found Lamb had accessed a number of websites and encouraged a woman called Sophie to interfere with and photograph a baby she said she had care of. The court heard, however, that the woman lied to Lamb that it was her baby, and did not accede to his sick requests.
Police also discovered Lamb had downloaded child abuse pictures and video clips of tots as young as two. He was also found to have forwarded pictures to others. Nicholas Wragg, defending, said his client distributed a small number of images categorised in the highest level of concern. He said one recipient expressed a favourable interest in the images while another recipient was indifferent.
Mr Wragg said dyslexic Lamb suffered from anxiety and depression as well as “life-long low mood”. He said he had problems forming friendships or intimate relationships.
Mr Wragg added there was no actual contact involved in the case, other than by messaging, and no indication Lamb had the intention of committing a sexual offence directly with a child