August 2019

Leeds child rapist downloaded indecent images of children on neighbour’s computer after prison release

A child rapist who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children after being released from prison on licence has been sent back to jail.

Christopher Shepherd placed his neighbour under suspicion after borrowing his computer and using it to commit offences.

Shepherd was locked up for 15 years in 2006 for videoing himself sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
He committed his latest offences in 2017 and 2018 after being released from prison on licence.

Leeds Crown Court heard Shepherd’s neighbour was initially arrested on November 2017 after police received information that illegal images had been downloaded on a computer linked to his home in Kirkstall.

The man denied committing and offences and told officers he had allowed Shepherd to use his internet as a favour for helping him dig his garden.

Police went to Shepherd’s home and seized a laptop computer, USB cards and a memory stick.

Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said officers recovered a total of 356 illegal images. One of the images was at category A – the most serious level of offending.

Investigations revealed that Shepherd, 45, had made internet search terms relating to pornographic images of children.

The defendant was arrested and claimed he had accessed the images while on medication.

He pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of a child.

Mr Nassiri said Shepherd’s offences were aggravated by the fact that he had placed his neighbour under suspicion.

A report assessed Shepherd as posing a serious risk to children in the future.

Judge Simon Phillips, QC, imposed an extended prison sentence totalling five years.

Shepherd must serve a custodial term of four years followed by a further year on licence.

The judge told Shepherd: “You have a continuing sexual interest in pre-teen children. Particularly young females.”

A jury heard in 2006 how former television technician Shepherd videoed himself abusing a young girl.

He was caught after he failed to erase footage in which he made the 12 year-old victim dress up in her school uniform before filming the depraved scenes.

Jurors took just over one hour to find him guilty of 15 charges, including rape of a child under 13, making an indecent photograph of a child and indecent and sexual assault.

Jailing him, Judge Kerry Macgill told him: “This poor child’s life has been blighted by your perverted lust. In my view you do not have a shred of decency in you.”

June 2006

Child rapist gets 15 years

A TV technician who videoed himself abusing a young girl has been jailed for 15 years.

Christopher Shepherd was caught after he failed to erase footage in which he made the 12 year-old girl dress up in her school uniform before filming the depraved scenes.

A jury took just over one hour to find the 32-year-old Leeds man guilty of 15 charges, including rape on achild under 13, making an indecent photograph of a child and indecent and sexual assault.

Jailing him yesterday at Leeds Crown Court, judge Kerry Macgill told him: “This poor child’s life has been blighted by your perverted lust. In my view you do not have a shred of decency in you.” The jury was shown the video which was found in Shepherd’s car after the girl went to police.

They also heard Shepherd would offer the girl money and a new mobile phone in exchange for carrying out sex acts on him.

On another occasion he plied the youngster with vodka before trying to have sex with her.

After his arrest Shepherd was shocked after being confronted with the video evidence which he thought had been erased.

Judge Kerry Macgill told him: “This film became your undoing.

“I can think of few cases, in the absence of violence, where such serious crimes can be found.” Shepherd pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and tried to claim that the girl had made with video herself with a boyfriend.

The judge told him: “That was total fabrication by a desperate, self-centred and totally uncaring man.” Describing his crimes against the girl as ‘deliberate, sustained and manipulative’, he said: “Grooming is often the word used to describe how peadophiles like you create a fantasy world to make young children think this is normal.”

Shepherd was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and banned from living in a household or visiting a house where a child is present.