A PRIMARY school girl was sexually exploited to feed the sickening fantasies of a high-risk sex offender and his partner.
Sickening pictures of the little girl were shared by her abusers - convicted sex offender Michael Kinnear and Caroline Shaw - and distributed.
Those photographs should never have come into existenceJudge Christopher Cornwall
Shaw, 29, formerly of Thornton Road, Morecambe, now of Meldon Road, Heysham, and Kinnear, 47, latterly of Fairfield Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to inciting a youngster to be involved in pornography worldwide.
Kinnear was given a nine-year extended sentence including five years and four months in custody, while Shaw was jailed for two years eight months.
The court heard in a “lengthy graphic” messenger conversation retrieved by police, Kinnear asked Shaw if she would prefer to sexually assault and kill the little girl or someone’s newborn daughter.
Six police officers involved in the probe were in the public gallery.
Judge Christopher Cornwall said: “Those photographs should never have come into existence.”
To Kinnear he said: “I’m wholly satisfied you are a very dangerous offender.”
Both admitted offences of possessing and distributing indecent pictures, some at the highest level of indecency.
Shaw further pleaded guilty to taking an indecent picture of a child and neglect after a probe found she took 21 images of the girl.
All the offences took place at Morecambe between October last year and May this year.
The little girl told police officers Shaw had taken ‘rude pictures of her’ and that ‘made her feel sad’.
Peter Barr, prosecuting, said: “Kinnear is described as a high-risk registered sex offender who was sentenced in 2010 to sexual activity with a child under 16 and detaining a child without lawful authority.
“On May 18 this year two police officers carried out an unannounced home visit. They noticed a white Sony mobile on the sofa which he at first denied belonged to him and then said he had bought it a month earlier.
“He consented to them looking at phone and said he was aware there were indecent images on the mobile.”
Officers found a message in which he asked the other party to “send images” and the other party had sent two images to him. A second HTC phone was also seized.
The Sony phone had a ‘highly-sexualised’ conversation between Kinnear and Shaw about the abuse of children.
The court heard Shaw was arrested and they seized her Samsung mobile tablet and some memory cards.
Nine indecent images were recovered of a young girl
Shaw later claimed she had been ‘coerced’ by Kinnear and Judge Cornwall said: “You came under Kinnear’s utterly malign influence.”
Further analysis of messages showed Kinnear had requested other adults send him images of little girls
Defending Shaw, Janet Ironside argued Shaw, who is previously of good character, was not sexually motivated by her crimes.
She said she had been groomed by Kinnear, had low self confidence, had been bullied at school and had learning difficulties that were previously undiagnosed.
Defending Kinnear, Fraser Livesey said his guilty plea was entered at the first opportunity.
He revealed he would spend the rest of his sentence in segregation after being seriously assaulted by two inmates. Both are subject to sex offender prohibitions.