Pervert persuaded young girls to send him explicit videos

A pervert persuaded young girls to send him explicit videos of themselves and then distributed them.

Daniel Berry’s crimes were so extensive that, at Minshull Street Crown Court, it took more than half an hour for 48 charges to be read and for him to plead guilty to them all.

Judge Tina Landale heard how 31-year-old Berry, of Bannerman Avenue, Prestwich, committed offences against a total of 16 girls, aged between 12 and 15.

Berry admitted a series of offences including causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to watch sexual activity, distributing indecent pictures and making 5,412 indecent images of children, including 1,629 rated the most serious category A.

Berry was placed on the sex offenders’ register and remanded in prison while statements are sought from his victims and probation officers can assess his level of dangerousness.

Judge Landale said: “It is essential that I have victim personal statements from each victim who wants to provide one before I pass sentence because the impact on those children is something that I must take into account.

“The defendant has caused a large number of children to send indecent videos of them to himself. He has distributed some of those videos. I want to know if there is a financial element to this case, given the large number of requests that he made and the well planned efforts he has gone to to secure so many videos of different children engaging in sexual activity.

“I would also like to know, if possible, how widely these have been distributed and how many have been distributed.”

Berry is due to be sentenced on June 5.