A man and woman from Nottingham have been jailed for a total of 10 years for sexually abusing a child and sharing the footage online.
Christopher Binch, 36, was arrested by the National Crime Agency on 12th March 2022, after it was identified he had been discussing his sexual interest in children and uploading indecent material to an online child abuse group.
Binch shared a video and a number of images which he had taken himself of a young child being sexually abused.
When arresting him, officers seized Binch’s mobile phone and a quantity of cocaine which he confirmed was for his personal use.
Through further examination of the video, NCA investigators identified that although it was Binch filming, it was a female with a visible tattoo carrying out the abuse.
The tattoo matched that of Binch’s partner, Lindsay Mobey, aged 34, and she was arrested three days later.
Binch’s phone was analysed and officers recovered 347 indecent images of children (IIOC) in categories A-C, as well as a number of extreme and prohibited images. The material included three sexual abuse videos which Binch had filmed himself.
Binch was remanded in custody and in November last year, he pleaded guilty to ten charges, including the sexual assault of a child under 13, the taking, making, possession and distribution of IIOC, possession of extreme pornography and one count of possession of cocaine.
In the same month, Lyndsay Mobey pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a child under 13.
Today at Leicester Crown Court, Binch was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison, placed on the sex offenders register for life and handed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
Mobey was jailed for two years and one month and will be on the sex offenders register for five years.
The child was safeguarded early on in the investigation.
Danny Waywell from the National Crime Agency said:
“Binch and Mobey worked together to sexually abuse a young child, which he filmed and shared with other paedophiles online.
“Their actions were calculated and abhorrent; exploiting this child to satisfy their own sexual gratifications and gain some horrific form of kudos among the like-minded online.
“Safeguarding children from sexual abuse is a priority for the NCA. We work tirelessly to identify offenders and ensure they are brought to justice so they no longer pose a threat.”