A trio of Wigan men have made the news this week, following separate allegations of child abuse and possession of indecent images.

Philip O’Brien was recently sentenced to 8 years in prison, with an extended one year license, following the rape of a four year old girl. This came after he spent hours playing online games on his computer which involved child cartoon characters being abused and tortured.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how he had began playing the game after becoming “curious” and that he developed a “morbid curiosity”. Police seized his computer and found over 300 indecent images of children aged between 1 and 9 years old being abused and tortured.

O’Brien admitted one count of oral rape of his 4 year old victim, with the Court accepting that this was an isolated incident and there was no grooming. O’Brien’s barrister confirmed that he had taken advantage of the girl on one occasion.

John Breeze, 63, has today pleaded guilty at the Liverpool Crown Court to seven counts of indecent assault against two children and seven separate offences of taking indecent images of them, between 1998 and 2000. He also pleased guilty to taking indecent images of another boy in 2002.

The pleas today follow admission of a further six offences relating to possession of over 11,500 indecent images of children at an earlier hearing.

Breeze will be sentenced later this month with Judge Stephen Everett stating that “The issue of dangerousness has to be considered”.

Finally, at Wigan Magistrates Court, John Bolger, 67, was given a 12 week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months, after pleading guilty to one count of making indecent images of children. This was after almost 3,000 indecent images of girls aged between 8 and 13 years old were found on his computer, following an alert from the National Crime Agency that several photos had been uploaded to the internet from an email in his wife’s name.



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