Paedophile ex-priest jailed for child sex offences

BY CALUM FRASER calum@slpmedia.co.uk

A re-offending paedophile ex-priest from South London has been jailed for a string of offences.

Edmund Black, 44, hosted an online forum in May 2016 where nine videos were played showing abuse of very young children – one thought to be just three months old.

In 2013, when he was a Catholic priest in Richmond going by the name of Father Edmund Higgins, Black was convicted of possessing indecent images of children.

Between September 2015 and March 2018, Black was present in online conference rooms 18 times when child sex abuse was being shown.

Black, of Walworth, made comments during the footage about his sexual interest in babies.

In January this year National Crime Agency officers raided his home when he lived in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and recovered a laptop.

It contained 201 of the most severe abuse images, category A, 176 category B, 461 category C and 10 prohibited images.

When he was released on bail, Black returned to the online conference room and continued to offend.

On Monday Black was jailed for 31 months after admitting two counts of intentionally encouraging or assisting the distribution of indecent images of children, and one count of making indecent images of children.

No live abuse was shown during the online conference he hosted.

The videos were known to investigators and safeguarding of the children had previously been done.

NCA senior investigating officer Martin Ludlow said: “Every time these horrendous images are shared that child is victimised again and again.

“Black has shown no remorse for any previous offences he has committed and even continued offending while on bail.

He went out of his way to encourage others to view and share images.

“We and our partners in policing do everything possible to catch people like Black.

Those who commit these appalling crimes will be found and brought to justice.”

A spokesman for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said: “This is a deeply troubling case in which Black repeatedly downloaded footage of very young children suffering appalling abuse.

“Offenders like Black not only take pleasure in the abuse of the children in these images and videos, they also fuel the demand for more to be created.

“The NSPCC wants tech companies, Government and law enforcement to continue to find solutions to the proliferation of online abuse images and cut this sickening material off at source.”

Anyone who is concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Children and young people can call Childline on 0800 1111 or get help online via www.childline.org.uk.


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One thought on “Paedophile ex-priest jailed for child sex offences

  • 29 June 2018 at 11:14 pm
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    And he was a manager at the Palace bingo in London, what a shame, he is a very sick and disturbed person, I think 31 months is not enough for him.
    He should of gotten 8-10 years and after serving that time he will have to think twice before he does something like that again
    Just imagine Babies? Sick bastered.

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