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JAILED: Wolverhampton PCSO who got woman to send him pictures and video of her sexually assaulting a child

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A PCSO who encouraged a woman he met online to send him pictures of a child being sexually abused has been jailed.

Kieron Pritchard, 41, from Wolverhampton, met the woman on dating site Match.com at the end of 2013.

A court heard the officer - who fantasised about being a little boy - would call the woman 'mummy' and asked her to call him her 'little boy'.

Between May 1, 2014 and February 2 this year, the woman - who was not from the West Midlands - sent pictures and videos of her sexually assaulting a child under 13 at Pritchard's request.

But the pair were caught after Pritchard's bosses at West Mercia Police were alerted to his 'worrying' interest in children.

Searches of his computer found he had looked up 'school girls', 'Asian girls' and 'I love Japanese girls' on Facebook.

The videos and images were uncovered when Pritchard's phone was also examined by officers.

Pritchard pleaded guilty to one count of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of possessing indecent images.

The woman admitted facilitating child pornography, sexually assaulting a child and taking and distributing indecent photographs of children.

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Pritchard, of Mount Road, was jailed for five years and four months while the woman was locked up for five years at Worcester Crown Court.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Cullum said: "I don't think that any right-minded thinking person who reads of this case can do so without shaking their head with disbelief and asking themselves, 'How could you?'

"How could you, Kieron Pritchard, a 41-year-old man, of good character, a Police Community Support Officer, use an internet dating site to get a woman to abuse a child for you."

And he asked the woman: "How can you, though the difficult times you have had and again of previous good character, touch this girl and video it and sent the film to Mr Pritchard.

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"It is difficult to understand, but that is what you did."

He said it 'makes no difference' that Pritchard did not touch the girl himself, Kieron Pritchard, because he 'caused her to be touched'.

And he said to the woman: "It of course makes no difference that it wasn't your idea."

The court heard officers received an anonymous complaint about PCSO Pritchard, who was working for the Kidderminster branch of West Mercia Police at the time.

Prosecutor Mr Gerry Bermingham said: "The implications were of a worrying interest in children and childlike behaviour."

A separate woman who complained said she met him online and they began messaging.

The prosecutor added: "After meeting on April 9, she received two pictures from him of a little girl, four or five years old, wearing a dress and her underwear was showing.

"On April 23 he was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images.

"An examination of his phone showed pictures of a female child being sexually abused."

The inquiry showed the phone from which he received the images belonged to the woman who was jailed yesterday (fri).

Mr Niall Skinner, defending Pritchard, said: "He has admitted he does have an addiction to young girls.

"Some people have sexual urges and can control them, sadly Mr Pritchard is not one of them.

"He knew all along what he was doing was wrong, and as a PCSO he knew it was against the law."

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