Child sex abuse voyeur from Lytham is jailed

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A businessman who paid to watch a school girl in the Philippines being abused from the comfort of his own home has been jailed for 32 months.

Garry Wynn, who ran an IT firm which had contracts with central Government agencies, was arrested after child exploitation investigation teams received intelligence about the live streaming of child abuse.

Watching videos of children being abused is bad enough but paying to watch the live abuse of a child means you are making a direct contribution - that child is being abused for your gratification

Judge James Adkin, who also imposed a sexual harm prevention order, said: “Watching videos of children being abused is bad enough but paying to watch the live abuse of a child means you are making a direct contribution - that child is being abused for your gratification.”

Prosecuting, Lisa Worsley described how police had carried out a warrant at the 53-year-old’s home on Linnet Lane, Lytham, last year and seized his laptop and i-Phone.

A forensic examination revealed the horrific images of girls aged between eight and 16. He is now living in St Annes.

The married dad-of-two admitted facilitating the commission of a sexual offence, and three of possessing indecent images of categories A, B and C.

Wynn, who was given a caution in 2003 for similar behaviour, was ordered to sign on the Sex Offender’s Register for life

Defending, Janet Ironfield said he was disappointed with himself for “falling back into his old ways” after a decade.

She said: “ The defendant was utterly frank in a very wide ranging discussion with police. He accepted all aspects of the case against him.

“His own use of pornography was in essence something of a coping mechanism for stress.

“The majority of his use was adult pornography and his interest in viewing children was specifically pubescent children. He found himself effectively running own company under time of pressure working away from home and staying in hotel rooms. He began to view pornography and it ultimately led him to sites where he was offered the opportunity to view images of children.”

Wynn has lost his IT consultancy company as his criminal convictions led to the end of his government contracts, Preston Crown Court heard.

Judge Adkin added: “It appears you were a user of chat rooms between 2012 and 2014 and undertook a number of transactions in December 2014.

“You were interviewed and made admissions you had been in contact with someone and had paid for a 14-year-old to perform a sex act which had been streamed to you for payment.

“It seems to me you acted together with others, there were sexual images being shared, and there is a measure of commercial exploitation in this case.”