Cumbria

Martin Lahiff jailed for 10 years for child sex offences

Martin Lahiff Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption Martin Lahiff was trapped by an undercover officer from Cumbria Police

A "dangerous predator" who incited children as young as 12 to perform sex acts online, which he could then share worldwide, has been jailed.

Martin Lahiff, from Barrow-in-Furness, pleaded guilty to 14 offences including making indecent images of a child.

Preston Crown Court was told more than 300 images, many in the most serious categories, were found on his computer.

The 26-year-old, of Storey Square, was jailed for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

The court was told Lahiff distributed the videos to paedophiles around the world.

'Sickening offences'

He was caught when he attempted to incite someone he thought was a child to commit sexual acts online - but who was really a member of Cumbria Police's Digital Media Investigation Unit.

Lahiff admitted five counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, five counts of causing a child to watch an image of sexual activity, three counts of making indecent photograph of a child, and possession of extreme pornographic image.

All the offences occurred between July and October 2016.

Cumbria Police described him as a "dangerous predator" who spent a lot of time committing "sickening child sex offences".

Det Con Ryan Parker said: "He's dangerous to people anywhere, all over the world.

"The psychological problems this causes children - they have been abused, basically.

"It doesn't have to be physical abuse to cause long-lasting damage, and Lahiff has done that to hundreds of children."

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