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Youth sent vile images to 16-year-old girl

A teenage paedophile, detained during a police operation which led to the arrest of an American mother-of-four, has been jailed.

Nicholas Wilde (19) from Walsall, West Midlands, was arrested on June 11 last year after sending child sex abuse images to a 16-year-old girl he met in an internet chat room.

The girl and her mother contacted the police and Wilde was traced and subsequently arrested.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that detectives seized a computer and a memory stick from his bedroom, uncovering a collection of photographs at the most serious end of the child pornography scale involving children as young as 18-months-old.

The memory stick also contained footage of a woman in Maine abusing a young child — an act directed by Wilde as he watched via a webcam.

Jailing Wilde for four years and eight months, Judge Hilary Watson said reports had highlighted “dysfunctional patterns of behaviour” and a “callous disregard” for the victims of sexual abuse.

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