Paedophile caught sending sick images of children just weeks after being released early from prison.
Jayjay McMullen had served half his sentence for molesting a teenager when he was caught by police
Jayjay McMullen molested a teenager he met on Facebook after being spared jail for two earlier child sex offences.
A convicted paedophile was caught sharing pornographic pictures of children from his bail hostel – just weeks after he was freed early from jail.
Serial sex offender Jayjay McMullen, 26, had been released on parole having served just half of a 32 months jail sentence for molesting a teenage girl he targeted on Facebook.
But while living at a halfway house for ex-cons, McMullen – who is on the Sex Offender Register – illegally acquired a mobile phone and swapped sick messages with another pervert on WhatsApp asking if he was ‘into younger.’
When the contact said he was “into 18 and 19 year olds.” McMullen replied: “haha that’s not young!” and accompanied it with the winking symbol ‘;)’ and then three images of children aged as young as eight performing sex acts.
Police seized the iPhone 4 a week after the disgusting exchange when an officer carried out a random spot check on McMullen.
When confronted with the messages and the images, McMullen claimed had been trying to “snare paedophiles” by sending the images, in a vigilante style operation similar to the work of paedo-hunting group Dark Justice.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, McMullen, from the city’s Blackley district, was jailed for another two years – but he is expected to serve 12 months in prison before being released back out onto the streets.
The court heard he had first been convicted of child sex offences in 2011 after he sent lewd Facebook messages to a 14-year old girl from the South Tyneside area during which he asked if she would have sex with him.
McMullen was spared jail for the offence and barred from approaching children but in November 2014 he began targeting another schoolgirl aged 14 on Facebook.
He sent the girl a ‘friend request’ before telling her she was ‘gorgeous’ and asking if she had a boyfriend.
The girl told him how old she was, but McMullen went on to tell her he ‘loved’ her and she believed she had ‘fallen in love’ with him. She was lured to Buile Hill Park in Salford where he groped her and asked for sex.
In April 2015 McMullen was jailed for two years and eight months for sexual activity with a child but was freed the following year for good behaviour and was sent to a bail a hostel pending rehabilitation into the community.
McMullen admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Judge John Potter told him: “You have been a committed and determined abuser of children causing them both direct and indirect harm.
“You had on that phone, images which showed the dreadful abuse of children aged between 8 to 12 and one of them was a moving image. It was clear what you were doing.
“The sending of these pictures which showed this dreadful abuse was to somebody who no doubt got sexual gratification in the way you do – causing indirect harm to the children who were the subject of that message.
“You will be sending yourself to prison for longer and longer and longer and that is the reality of your behaviour. Don’t blame somebody or make up stories like you did in your interview. Deal with it. You harm children. You must do something to stop harming children otherwise you will be locked up for most of your life.”
In mitigation defence counsel Andrew Evans said: “Very little can be said in relation to these offences.”