A woman who was paid thousands of pounds to sexually abuse a young girl for a paedophile on Skype has been jailed for six years.

Christine Callaghan, 33, abused the victim, who was aged under 13, on a live stream for the sick pleasure of Dean Petley for £2,285.

Detectives found screenshots of conversations between Callaghan and Petley over two years and full facial images of her abusing the girl with a small window of Petley watching it, a court heard.

Callaghan, from Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, discussed with Petley what she would do for money and he instructed her how to abuse the victim.

A hard drive contained a video of Callaghan abusing the girl and screenshots showed that on at least 10 different dates over three years, 2016 to 2018, she performed sexual acts in front of the victim, the court heard.

Paedophile Dean Petley was jailed last month for eight years

Callaghan admitted to four child sex abuse charges at Isleworth Crown Court in November.

As well as her jail sentence, she was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and put on the sex offenders register for life for her “horrendous crimes”.

The National Crime Agency said it caught Callaghan, and Petley, of Leamington Spa, Warks., after investigating Jodie Little, 30, who was jailed for 12 years and four months in August this year for sexually abusing children online.

In July 2018, officers became aware of Little sexually abusing children under the online names ‘Devil Bitch 666’ and ‘DomTabooSlut’ on an adult services website from her home in northern Cyprus.

She was returned to the UK and admitted nine offences.

Police found Callaghan through their investigation into Jodie Little (pictured)

She was convicted of eight of them using Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 – legislation designed to prosecute British nationals in the UK for crimes committed abroad.

Little’s investigation generated new leads.

In October last year the NCA arrested Petley, an automotive engineer, after identifying him as one of Little’s customers. He admitted 11 charges and was jailed last month for eight years.

Online chat found on Little’s devices showed Petley had asked her to perform sex acts in front of young children and that he paid her £750 from January 2017 to February 2018 to see her sexually abuse two victims, a court heard.

Little, originally from Huddersfield, sent Petley 10 electronic files, one of which showed her sexually abusing a very young girl and talking graphically about the child being raped.

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Petley was rearrested in May this year after further evidence – linking him to Callaghan – was found on an encrypted hard drive at his home.

Police discovered the screen shots and hard drive containing child abuse material.

Matt Hall, NCA operations manager, said: “These were horrendous crimes that Callaghan carried out for money.

“Her and Petley’s prosecutions were possible because of our determination to ensure Jodie Little faced justice.

“Little might have been abroad but distance is not a barrier for the NCA in pursuing UK child sex offenders wherever they are.

“These crimes are an example of what the NCA is seeing more and more, with increasingly worsening cyber-enabled child sexual offending.

“The NCA knows that the scale and severity of offending against children are worsening.

“We and UK police arrest around 500 child sex offenders a month and safeguard about 700 children a month.

“There is no greater priority for us than protecting children.”





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