Dark Web Paedophile Who Posted Images Of Himself Abusing A Child Online Has Been Jailed

A man from Staffordshire, England, who used the dark web to distribute videos and images of him sexually abusing a child has been jailed. Authorities also found more than 20,000 indecent images of children on his devices.

Ian Worthington, 52, disgusting paedophile from Staffordshire
Ian Worthington, 52, disgusting paedophile from Staffordshire

Authorities also traced some of the images made by 52-year-old paedophile Ian Worthington to a device that belonged to an Australian sex offender, who was jailed in 2015 for 22 years.

Worthington was arrested by the National Crime Agency in November 2020 after investigators discovered that he had been uploading child sexual abuse material to the dark web from his home near Cannock.

Officers raided his home and seized all his electronic devices, including a laptop and phone that were both forensically examined.

Worthington had attempted to cover his dirty tracks by using a variety of different dark web hidden forums to share his deplorable and sick acts.

Police discovered 20,500 indecent images of children of category A-C (A being the most serious on his devices. Among these were 135 Category B and 140 Category C images that showed Worthington sexually abusing a child himself, there was also evidence suggesting that he had sent these to other paedophiles online.

Worthington was charged with one count of sexual assault of a child under 13 by touching, three counts of making indecent images of children, and two counts of distributing indecent images of children.

The paedophile pleaded guilty to all the charges at Stafford Crown Court on 20 May this year and was sentenced to eight years and eight months behind bars today (6 July).

Hazel Stewart, operations manager for the National Crime Agency said: "Online abuse material cannot exist without the real-world exploitation of children. As this case shows, there is a clear link between offenders seeking out such material and committing sexual abuse themselves.

"We have wide-ranging capabilities to identify the most dangerous offenders who use the dark web in an attempt to remain anonymous. We will stop at nothing to ensure they face justice, and to protect children from exploitation."

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