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A PRIMARY school girl was sexually exploited to feed the sickening fantasies of a high-risk sex offender and his partner.

Sickening pictures of the little girl were shared by her abusers – convicted sex offender Michael Kinnear and Caroline Shaw – and distributed.

Shaw, 29, formerly of Thornton Road, Morecambe, now of Meldon Road, Heysham, and Kinnear, 47, latterly of Fairfield Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to inciting a youngster to be involved in pornography worldwide.

Kinnear was given a nine-year extended sentence including five years and four months in custody, while Shaw was jailed for two years eight months.

The court heard in a “lengthy graphic” messenger conversation retrieved by police, Kinnear asked Shaw if she would prefer to sexually assault and kill the little girl or someone’s newborn daughter.

Six police officers involved in the probe were in the public gallery.

Judge Christopher Cornwall said: “Those photographs should never have come into existence.”

To Kinnear he said: “I’m wholly satisfied you are a very dangerous offender.”

Both admitted offences of possessing and distributing indecent pictures, some at the highest level of indecency.

Shaw further pleaded guilty to taking an indecent picture of a child and neglect after a probe found she took 21 images of the girl.

All the offences took place at Morecambe between October last year and May this year.

The little girl told police officers Shaw had taken ‘rude pictures of her’ and that ‘made her feel sad’.

Peter Barr, prosecuting, said: “Kinnear is described as a high-risk registered sex offender who was sentenced in 2010 to sexual activity with a child under 16 and detaining a child without lawful authority.

“On May 18 this year two police officers carried out an unannounced home visit. They noticed a white Sony mobile on the sofa which he at first denied belonged to him and then said he had bought it a month earlier.

“He consented to them looking at phone and said he was aware there were indecent images on the mobile.”

Officers found a message in which he asked the other party to “send images” and the other party had sent two images to him. A second HTC phone was also seized.

The Sony phone had a ‘highly-sexualised’ conversation between Kinnear and Shaw about the abuse of children.

The court heard Shaw was arrested and they seized her Samsung mobile tablet and some memory cards.

Nine indecent images were recovered of a young girl

Shaw later claimed she had been ‘coerced’ by Kinnear and Judge Cornwall said: “You came under Kinnear’s utterly malign influence.”

Further analysis of messages showed Kinnear had requested other adults send him images of little girls

Defending Shaw, Janet Ironside argued Shaw, who is previously of good character, was not sexually motivated by her crimes.

She said she had been groomed by Kinnear, had low self confidence, had been bullied at school and had learning difficulties that were previously undiagnosed.

Defending Kinnear, Fraser Livesey said his guilty plea was entered at the first opportunity.

He revealed he would spend the rest of his sentence in segregation after being seriously assaulted by two inmates. Both are subject to sex offender prohibitions.

Blackpool Gazette

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A HUSBAND and wife are waking up behind bars after luring a Blackpool girl and keeping her in their home, where the man sexually abused her.

Michael Kinnear, 41, and Nicola Kinnear, 40, admitted detaining the 13-year-old in their terraced house on Fairfield Road in North Shore.

After being lured into the couple’s home with the promise of shelter and food, the youngster, who was in foster care, was sexually touched by Michael Kinnear.

Grooming

A judge at Preston Crown Court described their actions as “classic grooming” and said they should have informed the authorities of her whereabouts.

Police began the hunt for the 13-year-old girl in April last year after her concerned Blackpool foster parents reported her missing.

The youngster was found six days later in Kinnear’s house.

Officers had already called at the house and been told she was not there.

DC Andy Rigby, from Blackpool Police and Blackpool Council’s Awaken Team, a project to tackle the exploitation of vulnerable children, said: “This young girl who was in foster care wasn’t happy with her placement and got introduced to these two through a mutual teenage friend.

“She was there for six days and they didn’t contact anybody, hence the child abduction. While there, Michael Kinnear has committed sexual activity with her.

“The judge described it as classic grooming – they gave her free reign and no rules, they fed and clothed her during the week.”

Police were able to track the teenager’s whereabouts after tracing a mobile phone she had used to call a missing person’s helpline to the Kinnears’ address.

DC Rigby added: “We visited their address, while knocking on doors, and they had denied all knowledge of anything. Then we traced the mobile phone to that address and when we went round again, they still denied it. “Eventually they said ‘she’s here’.

“She saw them in the first instance as a place of shelter, but clearly they had other ideas, hence the sentences.

“She wasn’t locked in the house, they just allowed her to stay there. It’s very important a message is sent out to children – nobody does anything for nothing. You have to take a step back and think ‘what is the ulterior motive’.”

The teenager has now left Blackpool and police say she has settled back into care and is “putting it behind her”.

Michael Kinnear was sentenced to 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to detaining a child so as to keep her from a person having lawful control and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Nicola Kinnear was handed a 16-month jail term for detaining a child.

DC Rigby added: “This has been a complex and difficult investigation but I am pleased with the sentence.”

The couple did not plead guilty to the offences until the trial began. Michael Kinnear was placed on the sex offenders register for seven years and given a 10-year Sex Offenders Prevention Order.

Blackpool Gazette

A man and a woman exploited a seven-year-old girl and involved her in pornography worldwide.

Michael Kinnear and Caroline Shaw took obscene pictures of the little girl and distributed them a court was told.

Kinnear, 48, who gave his last known address as Fairfield Avenue, Blackpool, and Caroline Shaw, 29, formerly of Thornton Road, Morecambe, now living in Meldon Road, Morecambe, pleaded guilty to inciting a seven-year-old girl to be involved in pornography worldwide.

They also admitted offences of possessing and distributing indecent pictures, some at the highest level of indecency, of children.

Shaw further pleaded guilty to taking an indecent picture of a child and ill-treating a child.

All the offences took place at Morecambe between October last year and May this year.

Prosecutor Malcolm Isherwood said: “The case involves the taking and making of indecent images of children.

“They exploited a seven-year-old child, photographs were taken of her and distributed.”

The prosecution opposed bail for Kinnear.

The defendants were ordered to appear for sentence at Preston Crown Court on August 12 by Blackpool magistrates.

Kinnear was remanded in custody and Shaw was bailed.

Blackpool Gazette

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