Speke man jailed for indecent images offences
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A man has been jailed for 32 months for possessing and making indecent images and videos of children at Liverpool Crown Court today (Tuesday 27 April).
Ian Kaufman, 48 years, formerly from the Speke area was sentenced today for the following offences:
• Two of attempting to take indecent photographs of a child
• Three of making/possessing indecent photographs of children
• Possession of prohibited images of children
• Possession of an extreme pornographic image
• Possession of indecent photographs of children
Police executed a warrant at Kaufman’s home in May 2020 after receiving intelligence about the upload of an indecent image to Kik Messenger.
Officers subsequently traced a 16-year-old girl in Scotland who had sent Kaufman intimate videos believing him to be a 17-year-old male. Kaufman had used screen capture to create more images and videos, and was also found to have further indecent images.
He was working as PE coach at a primary school in Merseyside at the time of his arrest, but there was no suggestion any children at the school were affected by his offending.
Detective Sergeant Robert Deponeo said: “It is pleasing to see Kaufman jailed today and I hope he spends his time in prison contemplating the serious harm he has done his victim, as well as the role he has played in sustaining the exploitation of other children by downloading images from the internet.
“While it is not believed Kaufman had any direct physical contact with the victim, his actions have caused a huge amount of distress. He violated her trust in the most horrendous way and the effect of his criminality will stay with his young victim for a long time.
"This distressing case again shows that children can be vulnerable to serious offenders when using social media networks. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people of all ages that adding or following anyone you don't know online is a risk and in cases like these, the results can be devastating for victims and their families.
"We know offenders use such networks for grooming, fraud and identity theft and they often create false identities and give false information online. People young and old should always be cautious before adding or engaging with any strangers.
"Merseyside Police is committed to child safety and our specially trained officers will thoroughly investigate all reports of grooming and inappropriate contact. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will treat you with sensitivity and compassion."
"We have identify a number of victims using new techniques, which will ensure that future investigations of this nature can be successful and offenders will be caught and prosecuted.
"Parents, schools and children will all find invaluable tips on keeping safe online at www.parentinfo.org, run by the NCA and Parent Zone. Parents and schools can sign up to this free service, which feeds into your school's website. You will learn about protecting children from online approaches from strangers, whether to share pictures of children online, and a wealth of other useful information."
Det Sgt Kaufman added: "I would like to assure parents that Merseyside Police has specialist officers working tirelessly with other agencies to identify offenders, no matter where in the world they live or what devices they use.
"We work with other UK forces, agencies and the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre as well as law enforcement agencies across the world who share our determination to protect children from depraved and dangerous offenders online.
"We will use every tactic and technological advancement available to ensure people cannot and do not get away with the terrible crimes they have committed."