'Cunning' paedophile jailed after admitting nearly 50 child sex offences

Will TaylorNews Reporter
Yahoo News UK
Daniel Berry has been jailed for 10 years. (Greater Manchester Police)
Daniel Berry has been jailed for 10 years. (Greater Manchester Police)

A “cunning” paedophile has been sentenced to 10 years for almost 50 child sex offences.

Daniel Berry, 31, of Prestwich, Greater Manchester, had pleaded guilty to 28 counts of causing or inciting children aged between 12 and 15 to engage in sexual activity.

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He used offers of large amounts of cash to lure young girls into sending him indecent videos of themselves, promising a glamorous lifestyle.

Online, he pretended to be a female casting agent and a male studio owner to exploit the naivety of his 16 victims, aged 12 to 15.

He asked for photos and videos before enticing them into explicit poses in exchange for thousands of pounds, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court was told.

As the victims became wary of his demands and lack of payment, he threatened to post their footage online and sue them for time wasting if they didn’t comply.

Sentencing, Judge Tina Landale told Berry: “These very grave offences were planned and executed with cunning. You enjoyed the feeling of power and control.

“You callously and deliberately offered preposterous amounts of money, the pretence of a glamorous lifestyle and gifts.

“When that did not work you manipulated, bullied and intimidated them [the girls].”

Berry was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Minshull Street, in Manchester city centre. (PA Images)
Berry was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Minshull Street, in Manchester city centre. (PA Images)

Berry had also admitted 10 counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act, five counts of distributing indecent images of children and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

He also pleaded guilty to four counts of making thousands of indecent images of children, with 1,329 classed as Category A, the most serious, 971 at Category B and 2,862 at Category C.

He had amassed more than 1,000 videos of child abuse since 2012, described as the “most depraved and horrific imaginable”.

The 48 offences took place between February 2017 and January 2019.

Berry was arrested that month after police were made aware of online grooming, and examination of his devices showed he had groomed children in the UK and abroad.

He would contact the victims on Facebook while posing as a casting agent, move the interaction to a mobile messaging app and then promise fame and fortune.

He told some girls they were his “new star” and that he would enter them into a modelling contest in Thailand with a £250,000 prize, and offered one £2m a year to keep sending explicit videos.

Some were persuaded to recruit other girls in exchange for money, the court heard.

Mark Shanks, defending, said Berry’s upbringing was normal and he had several relationships with females who were age-appropriate, but by his early 20s he realised his thoughts were “not normal”.

Berry had asked to say he was “extremely sorry” to his victims, Shanks said, and most of his family had disowned him.

However, Judge Landale said he had shown a “a complete lack of insight” into the damage he had caused.

Berry, who lived with his parents in Bannerman Avenue, was said to pose a high risk of serious harm to the public, especially to young girls, and will have to serve an extended licence period of three years. He must serve at least two-thirds of his jail term.

He will be on the sex offender register for life and is also subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

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