Paedophile, 19, wore a chastity belt 'to stop him abusing children'

Paedophile, 19, who wore a chastity belt ‘to stop him abusing children’, hoarded vile images and confessed to psychologist how he fantasised about under-fives is jailed after filming himself perform a sex act on a dog

  • Sam O’Connell was found in possession of more than 6,400 indecent images 
  • The Scarborough teenager also said to have had a sexual interest in horses 
  • O’Connell kept ‘paedophile manuals’ on how to attract and abuse children
  • He was jailed for two years and four months at York Crown Court on Wednesday

A teenage paedophile who wore a chastity belt ‘to stop himself from abusing children’ has been jailed after filming himself performing a sex act on a dog.

Sam O’Connell, 19, also hoarded pictures of children being sexually abused and confessed to a psychologist how he fantasized about boys and girls under the age of five.

The Scarborough teenager, who also had a sexual interest in horses, was found in possession of more than 6,400 indecent images – some of which showed children as young as just two being raped.

Forensic analysis of O’Connell’s phone resulted in the discovery of an ‘extreme pornographic’ image of him ‘performing’ a sexual act on a dog, a court heard, while he also kept ‘paedophile manuals’ for guidance on how to attract and sexually abuse children’.

He was jailed for two years and four months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years at York Crown Court on Wednesday.

Sam O’Connell, 19, was jailed for two years and four months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years at York Crown Court on Wednesday

John Holby, prosecuting, told the court: ‘He told the psychologist he had a sexual interest in animals.

‘He said he had gone to the beach and unsuccessfully tried to film children and also viewed child pornography.

‘He said he wore a chastity belt “to prevent himself from abusing children”.’

A search of O’Connell’s house resulted in police seizing 48 electronic devices, as well as the chastity belt.

Some of the devices, which included an iPhone, laptop and hard drive, were examined and O’Connell was brought in for questioning.

He confessed to detectives that he had downloaded thousands of indecent images of children, which would be found on his laptop and phone.

The teen even categorised the types of pictures police would discover on the devices as ‘Category A, B and C’, to which he was correct. 

Mr Holby added: ‘He told police he fantasized about having sexual intercourse with children; that when he was around children he had sexual thoughts about them.

‘He said he had an interest in children under 12 and in particular children between one and five [years of age].’

A further eight devices seized and analysed by police found 6,440 images and three ‘paedophile manuals’. 

O’Connell had downloaded the manuals from the internet using an anonymous, encrypted browser. 

One of the manuals, named ‘How to get and hide a child’, appeared to provide guidance on ‘how to attract children with a view to sexual abuse’ and hide them from police.

Another guide was titled ‘How to befriend and molest children’.

Police also found videos of O’Connell engaging in sexual activity with a 17-year-old boy and a ‘list’ of sexual paraphernalia, including lubricant and a collar, which he either used or plan to use with the boy.

York Crown Court (pictured), where O’Connell was jailed and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years

Messages were also discovered between O’Connell and another man which included a video of the teenager sexually abusing a dog.

My Holby told the court the messages included references to ‘past and future sex with dogs and horses’ by both men.

O’Connell was subsequently charged with 10 offences including making indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography or bestiality, possessing the three ‘paedophile manuals’ and prohibited or cartoon images of children. 

David Camidge, representing O’Connell. said in mitigation that the teenager was an ‘intelligent young man’, but had endured a ‘very troubled’ background 

He added: ‘He says he hates himself for these offences.’

Passing sentence, though, Judge Timothy Clayson said it was a ‘very serious case of its type’ involving an ‘extensive collection of indecent images.

The judge said there are still ‘extensive investigations’ ongoing into some of the electronic devices.  

He told O’Connell: ‘You explained to the authorities that your interest focused particularly on very young children. 

‘From some of the devices police recovered three paedophile manuals which are serious matters indeed.’

O’Connell was jailed for two years and four months and placed on the sex-offenders’ register for 10 years. 

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