Jail for Burnley man who had child porn films

JAILED: Pervert Abdul Muhid (s)
JAILED: Pervert Abdul Muhid (s)

A PERVERT who repeatedly had sex with a Burnley schoolgirl and had a stash of child porn showing girls as young as seven being abused has been jailed for five years.

Abdul Muhid (25) told police he thought the 15-year-old girl was 18, even though he had been contacting her on Facebook, which showed her date of birth and school.

After his arrest, police seized a computer from his home and found obscene images of children, including disturbing videos showing girls of seven and eight being abused. Facial shots of the 15-year-old were also on the laptop, Burnley Crown Court heard. Muhid, whose wife is pregnant, earlier admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child, six charges of possessing an indecent photo of a child and four allegations of making an indecent photo of a child.

The defendant, of Saxon Street, Burnley, was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life, was banned from working with children and was given a sex offences prevention order.

Miss Lisa Roberts (prosecuting) said the offences took place at the end of 2009 and early 2010. The girl’s age was known to the defendant. She told police she had told him she was 15 and he told her he was 23.

The defendant and girl had consensual sex and were involved in a sex act. Muhid was arrested in March last year, after the girl’s mother contacted police.

Sex took place at two houses in Burnley, one of which, Muhid’s home at the time, became a meeting place for young Asian men and the girl and her friends.

Miss Roberts said the defendant was arrested on April 15th last year and questioned. Officers found porn magazines relating to teenagers at his home and the computer was examined by the high-tech crime unit. Muhid had downloaded indecent images of children, including the movies.

The prosecutor said at first the defendant denied using the internet or owning a computer. He said when he met the girl he had been “off his head” on drink and cocaine, admitted they had had sex, but claimed he thought she was 18.

Muhid admitted talking to the teenager on Facebook and when officers pointed out to him the website showed her date of birth and school, he claimed not to have seen that. The defendant admitted the laptop was his, but claimed it was stolen.

Mr Martin Hackett (defending) said Muhid’s best mitigation was his guilty plea and he had expressed remorse.

”I accept it has to be a lengthy custodial sentence,” he said. “He realises he cannot behave in this way and for him to have behaved in this way in the past was very serious criminal offending.”

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson told Muhid there were elements of exploitation.

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