The NSPCC has condemned the actions of an Ealing resident who was spared jail after using a chat room during the live-streamed rape of a six-year-old boy.
Stephen Wilkie, 52, used the online chat room to view indecent pictures of children and received a 12-month suspended sentence after being caught.
The west London resident adopted usernames such as “more” and “mmm” as he made frequent visits to the site between July 2015 and January 2016.
A live video of a six-year-old boy being raped was streamed in the chat room by William Chandler Augusta, 20, from Pennsylvania, on July 22.
Following Wilkie's arrest last year, National Crime Agency officers forensically examined the Ealing resident's devices and found 56 indecent images of children.
Out of those, 11 were in the most serious category, according to the NCA.
A spokesman for NSPCC said on Monday (November 20) that Wilkie's actions lead to more demand for the “vile online trade”.
“By viewing child abuse images, offenders like Wilkie help create a market for this vile online trade,” the spokesman said.
“It's hard to imagine the horrific abuse that children suffer in the real world for these images to be created, but that is the sad reality.
“That is why the NSPCC is calling on government, tech companies and internet providers to do more to stop such images from reaching the internet in the first place.”
Wilkie was given a 60-day rehabilitation order, 100 hours unpaid work and placed on the Sex Offender Register for 10 years.
He was also made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order at Kingston Crown Court.
The NSPCC helpline is available for anyone with concerns about abuse on 0808 800 5000, while children can contact Childline, 24 hours-a-day and for free on 0800 1111.
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