Parents warned about online safety after 10-year-old live streamed sexual abuse
PARENTS are being warned to keep their children safe on the internet after a Bradford man was sentenced for inciting a girl of ten to sexually abuse herself on the LiveMe app.
The child was urged to commit vile sex acts on herself in a live stream broadcast watched by several users who messaged her with encouragement and instructions.
The NSPCC has today urged parents to have regular online safety chats with their children.
Edward Bey, 31, of Planetrees Street, Allerton, watched the broadcast for three minutes, pressing “like” when another viewer asked the girl to abuse herself with a hairbrush, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Bey pleaded guilty to three charges of causing a child under 13 to engage in penetrative sexual activity and one offence of inciting her to engage in penetrative sexual activity, on February 27, 2017.
Prosecutor Abigail Langford told Bradford Crown Court on Friday the girl was asked by LiveMe users to expose herself and commit sexual acts with a hairbrush in return for virtual rewards.
Miss Langford said the broadcast was noticed by volunteers who monitor the internet for child sexual abuse.
The child’s mother was informed and her daughter said she had not told her because she wanted to forget about what she had done.
Miss Langford said the girl was particularly vulnerable because of her age. Bey was acting together with others to encourage the abuse.
Judge David Hatton QC said both Bey’s probation officer and his psychiatrist were strongly of the view that his mental health would deteriorate in prison.
He told the court: “Those who promote or participate in the exploitation of children must be deterred by sentences of imprisonment.”
But Bey had no previous convictions for sexual offences. He was drunk at the time and was alcohol dependent.
“Your participation lasted for a brief period of time, no more than three minutes. The activity that was taking place was occurring, and would have continued to occur, irrespective of, and inspite of, you,” Judge Hatton said.
Bey was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 90 days. He must attend the accredited sexual offender programme and a nine month alcohol treatment requirement.
The judge made a ten year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Bey must sign on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.