A warped paedophile who dubbed himself “Perv Paul” online was locked up for chatting to fellow perverts about raping and murdering babies.
Mark McKuhen’s sick fantasies came to light when police seized his computer equipment and found he had almost 1,000 indecent images of children on his laptop including videos.
Police went to home after receiving information from the Avon and Somerset force following an investigation into a suspected Bristol pervert.
Simon Duncan, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that McKuhen had “exchanged chat involving dark sexual fantasies including the rape and murder of children including babies”.
Using Kik Messenger, images had been sent including very young children being raped. McKuhen and the Bristol-based man had also exchanged naked images of themselves.
Using the name “Perv. Paul” McKuhen, 34, also used Skype to communicate with other perverts and distribute disgusting child abuse images and videos, in all categories of seriousness.
The court heard that, unusually, he had not searched the internet and downloaded such images, but had got them from others after on-line chats and then passed them on.
Neil Gunn, defending, said that the prosecution accepted that the chats had been fantasies and McKuhen never intended to carry them out and never intended to meet any of the people he had chatted with.
He said: “He had let his imagination run wild and it was never going to be acted upon.”
Judge Anil Murray said that the offences were too serious for anything other than an immediate jail term. He jailed McKuhen for two years, ordered McKuhen to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to last the same length of time.
McKuhen, of Hargate Walk, Northwood, Kirkby, had pleaded guilty to 13 offences including distributing, making and possessing indecent images and one of possessing extreme pornographic image between May 2015 and March 29 this year.
The court heard he had a total of 969 child porn images. He had only one previous conviction, which was for fraud.
Mr Gunn said that the defendant, who works for a retail firm, was socially isolated and had gone on line to chat to others as he had few friends. He suffered from depression and an element of self-loathing had led him to self-harm.