Sick grandad sent photos of kids to other paedophiles in ‘PervsRUs’ chat room

A grandad who shared indecent images of children with other paedophiles on a chat room called ‘PervsRUs’ has been jailed.

Robert Blackband, 67, was also part of a group called ‘Schoolgirls’ and had sexualised conversations about children with other members.

He was caught with more than 400 indecent photos including 139 category A images – said to be the worst kind, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Police raided his home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester on March 29 2019 and found images and videos on his iPhone and computer.

Officers found web searches relating to indecent images and the Kitkat app, Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

He later confessed he was part of a group called ‘PervsRUs’.

Blackband admitted making and distributing indecent images of children and was jailed on Thursday for two-and-a-half years.

Mark Brookes, prosecuting, said police raided his home following suspicion somebody from the address was sharing the images.

"When asked if he was responsible, he said: 'Oh, I have for a few days now'," he said.

"The defendant used the pseudonym ‘TomBlack’ and was a member of a group called ‘Schoolgirls’ which included the distribution of images of schoolgirls.

“He was also the member of another group which had 33 participants and images were sent and received between members.

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“He confirmed to officers that the phone was his and he said he used the phone to message others and he confirmed he searched for the term ‘schoolgirl’.

“He also admitted he was involved with a site called ‘PervsRUs’, which was another chat room where people share images.”

The court heard 139 category A images were found, two of which were distributed, and 63 category B images, one of which was distributed.

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There were also 233 category C images, eight of which were distributed.

Officers found 196 separate Kitkat chats on the phone, the court heard.

Blackband has previous convictions, including driving over the alcohol limit in June 2018.

Judge Tina Landale said: “It’s clear from the evidence in the case that you actively searched for indecent images of children on the internet.

“You were talking about what you would do to a child or thinking about doing and men were asking you to send pictures to them.”

In mitigation Anthony Morris, defending, said: "At the beginning he was unable to admit total responsibility as he couldn’t remember the conversations.

"He bit the bullet. He appreciates what he was doing was not a victimless crime as is sometimes suggested."

Some of his behaviour may be due to a recent assault upon him and a suicide attempt, he added.

Blackband was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.

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