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East Durham man sent extreme pornography to undercover police woman
A MAN sent extreme pornographic images to an undercover police officer believing he was communicating with a woman with similar perverse “tastes”.
Peter Kelsey was also involved in chat room conversations online in which he “boasted” of having sex with young children.
Although these claims were untrue it resulted in him being arrested on suspicion of rape of a child, on December 9 last year.
Durham Crown Court heard that one of the women he sent an image of bestiality, ‘Jane’, was, an undercover officer working for the specialist police Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) department.
Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said Kelsey’s computer equipment was found to contain 52 indecent images of children and 84 featuring extreme pornography.
Mrs Egerton said Kelsey also set up a fake Facebook profile pretending to be a boy called ‘Chris’, supposedly aged 13 - 15.
Kelsey, 37, claimed his intention was to communicate with adult women who were interested in chatting to young boys.
He said he also sent extreme pornography to a woman called ‘Elizabeth’, who he chatted to about bestiality and went on to meet.
Kelsey, formerly of east Durham, now of Chapel Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, admitted 16 counts of making an indecent image of a child, one of possession and two of distributing such material, plus one of possessing extreme pornography.
Tony Hawks, for Kelsey, who has no previous convictions, presented psychiatric and psychological reports about the defendant to the court.
“Here is a man with an excellent work record, who is obviously remorseful.
“He has struggled with this perversion for many years and has sought treatment, which he is undergoing, at his own expense.”
Mr Hawks added that the offending cost Kelsey his marriage.
Judge Christopher Prince told Kelsey his main sentencing aim was, “to protect the public.”
But he warned Kelsey further offending would lead to, “a substantial period in custody.”
He imposed a three-year community order during which Kelsey will undergo probation surpervision and participate in sex offender group work.
Kelsey was also made subject of a sexual offences protection order, without limit, and must register as a sex offender for five years.