Blackpool man who filmed himself sexually assaulting young boy while boyfriend spurred him on jailed
A man who directed his partner to sexually abuse a child and photographed a naked man sleeping in his bed has been jailed.
Lancashire Police's Online Child Abuse Investigation Team (OCAIT) launched an investigation after being made aware of an individual uploading an indecent image of a child to Facebook in early 2020.
Their enquiries led them to seize the phone of defendant William Greenhalgh, 22, from Blackpool.
Greenhalgh’s phone revealed he had been sharing indecent images with his former student boyfriend Abhiyaan Malhotra, who at the time was living in Wales, via social media.
Within the chatlog, Greenhalgh sent Malhotra indecent images of a young boy followed by a live video recording.
In the footage Malhotra can be heard telling Greenhalgh to call himself a sex offender while he was sexually abusing the child.
Further examination of the chat logs revealed Malhotra had taken a photograph of a man sleeping naked, without his knowledge, and sent it to Greenhalgh.
When Greenhalgh was arrested he told officers that he had committed the offences under duress and that he was in a dominant/submissive relation in which he was the submissive party.
He claimed his co-defendant had taken control of his finances and had threatened to 'out' him to family if he didn't continue to send him money.
Malhotra provided a prepared statement during his police interview which denied he had committed any offences.
He claimed Greenhalgh was the dominant partner in the relationship and said part of the 'fantasy' involved his co-defendant telling him to do things he didn't want to do.
Greenhalgh, now of no fixed address but formerly of Dunelt Road, Blackpool, was charged with making and distributing indecent photographs/ pseudo-photographs of a child, sexual assault against a child, and possessing a prohibited image of a child.
He pleaded guilty to all the charges against him.
Malhotra, 25, of Terrace Road, Swansea, was charged with voyeurism and arranging/ facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
He pleaded guilty to both offences.
Greenhalgh was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment, made subject of a lifetime sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Malhotra was jailed for 42 months, made subject of a lifetime sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
DC Rachel Hill, of OCAIT, said: "These two individuals are extremely dangerous and I am pleased they have both been given significant sentences.
"They worked together to expose their child victim to sickening abuse for their own perverted sexual interests.
"It is thanks to the hard work and professionalism displayed by the OCAIT that the indisputable evidence detailing Malhotra and Greenhalgh's vile offending was brought to light.
"I would like to thank all my colleagues and the CPS for helping to secure these convictions and achieving some form of justice for the victims in this case."
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