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Grandad’s sordid affair led to child porn arrest

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A MARRIED Wigan man’s secret affair with a woman he met via an internet swingers site came to light after he sent her child porn.

A court heard that grandfather John Riley and the woman began a sexual relationship and exchanged hundreds of text messages.

These included “sending each other numerous photographs to each other of a sexual nature,” said Harry Pepper, prosecuting. The photographs they sent of each other involved sexual poses and engaging in sexual acts.

“She was in love with him and did not want him to be married,” he added.

When their phones were examined by police the messages totalled more than 2,000 pages.

She had contacted the police after Riley sent her six indecent images of children, including one in the most serious category, said Mr Pepper.

When arrested and interviewed in March last year 50-year-old Riley, a delivery driver, admitted exchanging messages with the woman he had met via a swingers website.

He also admitted searching the internet and looking for pre-teen models, girls about 18 and generally “mooching” around the internet.

Riley, of Beechwood Crescent, Orrell, pleaded guilty to possessing an indecent photograph of a child and five of distributing an indecent image, in all three categories of seriousness.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Riley’s wife, Julie, is standing by him as are the couple’s two daughters.

Barbara Webster, defending, said in mitigation, that because of the offences he has only been able to see his baby granddaughter once or twice.

The offences had happened as long ago as 2012 but it was only this year he appeared in court.

The judge, Recorder Richard Pratt, QC, imposed a community sentence and ordered him to attend the stringent Northumbria sex offenders course for three years and to pay £500 prosecution costs.

“You are very lucky that the family you have are prepared to forgive this utterly disgraceful behaviour you involved yourself in,” he said.

The judge also ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years and imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his internet use.

 
 
 

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