A tip from the National Crime Agency put an accused pedophile, Craig Palmer, 33, of Blakesley Grove, Stechford, Birmingham, behind bars for 14 years.
BBC News reports that between December 2014 and February 2016, Palmer snapped more than 1,000 photos of himself sexually abusing children, including a five-month-old baby girl, on his cell phone.
West Midlands Police officers arrested Palmer at his home last year in Fairfax Road, Sutton Coldfield. His cellphone was seized to uncover evidence.
Palmer was “charged with a further 14 offenses including making, possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children, and one count of inciting or causing child prostitution and pornography” in which he pled guilty to.
A judge sentenced Palmer to 14 years in prison on Thursday at the Birmingham Crown Court as he was deemed a “danger to children.”
After the sentencing, Detective Jim Foy with the West Midlands Police called the case disturbing.
“This has been a difficult and protracted investigation that has had at its heart the protection of children. Palmer has been found guilty of horrendous offenses that have been particularly disturbing for my officers to pursue. However, due to their professionalism and determination, this offender has been found guilty and will now suffer his punishment.”
“Anyone who downloads photographs of abuse of children creates a market for those photographs and that leads to other children being abused,” Foy added. “Please be assured that West Midlands Police is determined to identify such offenders and put them before the courts.”
The children involved are said to be doing well.
[Feature Photo: West Midlands PD]