Lincoln man fantasised about raping nine-year-old
A father who fantasised about raping a nine-year-old girl has been jailed after child porn was found on his computer.
Police raided the home of Richard Ainsworth following an investigation by Greater Manchester Police which targeted another man.
Edna Leonard, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that inquiries revealed Ainsworth had been in discussion with the other man. Miss Leonard said: "Ainsworth said he had access to a nine-year-old female child whom he had raped along with two of his friends.
"He said the child's mother was a heroin addict and unaware of the abuse."
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Miss Leonard said 62 indecent images of children were found on Ainsworth's computer including 33 video films depicting abuse of victims as young as three years old.
Ainsworth, 46, of Carram Way, Lincoln, admitted possession of indecent photographs of children on September 11, 2012. He also admitted five charges of making indecent images of children and a charge of possession of 15 extreme pornographic images.
He was jailed for six months. Judge Michael Heath told him: "For your own sexual gratification, and it can only be for that, you were watching children between the ages of three and five being gravely abused.
"These are real children being abused for the perverted pleasure of individuals like you. At the same time you were engaged in the chat room claiming access to a nine-year- old child whom you had raped. You were fantasising about that."
Alex Rynn, defending, said Ainsworth's life had been "shattered" after one of his children contracted leukaemia.
"Throughout the course of the downloading of these images Mr Ainsworth was struggling emotionally. He was suffering stress.
"He says that what he did was as a result of curiosity and stupidity rather than any sexual motive. He appreciates he needs help."