January 2020

Leeds paedophile fantasied about having children with teen girlfriend so he could rape them

A vile Leeds paedophile fantasied about having children with his teenage girlfriend so he could rape them.

The disturbing fantasy emerged after police raided Wesley Townsend’s Leeds home and found hundreds of photos and videos of child abuse and bestiality.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 35-year-old had also videoed his 18-year-old girlfriend masturbating a dog and the couple had gotten an underage girl to expose herself.

Townsend was jailed for three years and eight months on Tuesday after admitting three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Prosecutor Christopher Moran said police discovered that Townsend had shared five indecent images on Kik Messenger.

Police attended his then-home on Selby Road on February 15, 2018, and seized several devices.

Townsend’s girlfriend, who was not charged with any offences and was not named in court, was present during the raid.

Police found 1,949 indecent images and videos, 357 of which were in the most serious category, on the devices.

There were also three extreme pornographic videos, one of which showed females having sex with a dog and one of which involved a child aged between 10 and 14.

Mr Moran said the third video showed his girlfriend masturbating a dog but refusing to perform oral sex on the animal after Townsend tried to convince her to do so.

Another video showed the couple speaking to an underage girl on Skype.

The court was told Townsend’s girlfriend asked the girl to expose her breasts, which she did.

Police discovered that he had installed programmes to hide his offending, such as Tor browser and File Shredder.

Mr Moran said Townsend’s girlfriend, who was 18 at the time, provided a witness statement in which she said the couple have been in a relationship since she was aged 16 and any photos or videos of her found on the devices had been consensual.

She also said in the statement that sometimes they would have sex dressed in animal costumes, sometimes Townsend would ask her to dress up as a schoolgirl and he had fantasies of the two of them having children together for the purposes of raping them.

Townsend, who later moved to Rookhill Road, Pontefract, has no previous convictions.

Michael Walsh said his client’s only mitigation was his guilty pleas and urged the judge to consider suspending an immediate custodial sentence.

Townsend was also made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order with a condition not to invite or have anyone under the age of 16 in his house or anywhere where he is staying temporarily.