A 22-YEAR-OLD man who attempted to ensnare, torture, rape and kill a child walked free from a court.
William Raines, of Norton, was also found in possession of photographs and videos, depicting some of the “most serious images of suffering which can be inflicted on small children, toddlers and babies”, York Crown Court was told.
However, after being told that “bizarrely” a non-custodial sentence would be more “Draconian”, Recorder Ian Atherton sentenced Raines to a three-year community order, with a requirement that he take part in a sexual offenders treatment programme.
Raines, of Welham Road, appeared before the court for sentencing, having previously admitted one charge each of possessing, making and distributing indecent photographs and videos of children.
He also had pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to arrange to get a child for sexual purposes.
Phillip Evans, prosecuting, said that for just over a month last year, Raines had allowed his imagination to run riot.
Police executed a warrant on October 13 last year at Raines’ home and seized computers containing indecent material involving children.
Mr Evans said that when police visited his home Raines was fully co-operative with them, telling the officers that he could “not stop himself and needed help”.
He added that when Raines’ computers were investigated messages to a “like-minded” individual were also found in which the possibility of ensnaring a child were discussed.
Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that her client had been “rocked” by being locked up for the first time in his life whilst on remand awaiting sentence.
Describing him as highly educated, Mrs Turner said Raines had spent 145 days on a vulnerable prisoner wing because of the nature of his offending, and was genuinely remorseful. She added Raines had cut contact with the other man before anything of their plans materialised, realising his internet adventure was getting completely out of control.