Paedophile caught with baby rape film spared prison term

Luke Marriott had vile child abuse images of very young girls

Luke Marriott admitted his disgusting crimes(Image: Derby Telegraph)

A young Derbyshire paedophile who got sexual pleasure from watching a film of a six-month-old baby being raped has been spared immediate custody.

Perverted Luke Marriott was also watching sick child abuse images showing toddlers aged two-to-three years old.

More images and movies the 21-year-old downloaded involved boys aged between 10 and 12 being abused by adults.

And he was also looking at disgusting videos showing women having sex with horses and dogs.

Marriott, of Ripley, kept the images in a Dropbox account on the internet which, when he was asked about them by the police, admitted he was keeping them to share if anyone else wanted to see them.

‘Graphic and disturbing’
Sentencing him to 20 months in jail, suspended for two years, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “The images were graphic and disturbing with young children being abused in various sexual position.

“One of them was a baby who was just six months old and it is abundantly clear that child must have suffered significant pain.

At his original hearing before Christmas, prosecutor Christopher Eckersley said the offences date back to 2015 and have taken this long to come to court as the Dropbox account Marriott used was held by a Californian firm and it has taken this amount of time for the American authorities to provide Derbyshire police with a report.

He said the National Crime Agency alerted the police that the Dropbox account containing indecent images was linked to his email address.

They went to his home address in Nottingham Road, seized his devices and arrested him.

Sharing the images
Mr Eckersley said: “Significantly, he told police that he kept the images just in case anyone he was talking to on the internet asked him for them.

“129 indecent images and movies were discovered which included 81 of (the most serious) category A.”

Mr Eckersley outlined some of the films and images that were found.

He said they included a 54-second long movie of a six-month-old baby being raped.

Mr Eckersley said while under investigation for these offences, police seized Marriott’s mobile phone in July of 2018 and it again contained four further vile child abuse images of category C which is the least serious.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent images and has a previous conviction for the same offence dating back to 2014, when he was 15.

What was said for Marriott?
Marriott’s sentencing at Derby Crown Court had been adjourned so that psychiatric tests could be done on him.

They concluded he was “not dangerous” but the probation service prepared a different report which concluded he was “a high risk of harm to female children and posed a high risk of re-offending”.

Joe Harvey, mitigating, said: “Mr Marriott is a young man who had various difficulties during his formative years.

“I have no intention of airing his dirty laundry in public but his history has clearly had an impact on his social development.

“Something needs to be done to manage his risk, whether it is high or medium.

“He has a supportive family who have put an action plan in place.”

As part of the suspended sentence, Judge Egbuna attached a two-year community order which will see Marriott supervised by the probation service.

He must attend a 90-day sex offender group work programme and attend 60 rehabilitation days to address his offending.

Marriott was also handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders register, also for 10 years.

With many thanks to: Derbyshire Live and Martin Naylor for the original story