Pervert who shared child rape videos said he ‘did not know it was a crime’

A dad-of-three who sent child rape videos and animal porn has been jailed.

Fartam Bassiri, 46, of Keyes Close, Birchwood, Warrington, was caught following a police raid in December 2018 that found around 30 indecent images on his laptop.

Bassiri claimed he did not have a sexual interest in children, despite the sickening material found on the devices.

One of the videos, which was sent to a doctor in Germany, involved two 12-year-old girls performing sex acts.

Meanwhile, another video sent by Bassiri involved two boys engaged in a sexual act with a donkey.

In another a mature female abused a boy between five and seven while a child aged between two and three is in the background.

Liverpool Echo reported that Bassiri stood in the dock trying to bargain with the judge who had just locked him up, telling him he did not know sharing the images was a crime and that he did it out of disgust, not because he was sexually attracted to children.

Learning he had been jailed Bassiri, with the help of an interpreter, said: “I really really don’t know this is a crime and I wouldn’t know that by sending this to somebody else to show someone disgusting matter is going to cause me this problem.”

But Judge David Swinnerton refused to believe him telling Bassiri: “You have not yet been ready to face up to why you were looking at and distributing these images.”

Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, explained in the raid police found 11 category A images, of which eight were videos, 27 category B images, of which two were videos and one category C image.

There were also two still images of extreme pornography involving animals and six videos.

Mr Stephenson said: “Some of the images were automatically loaded onto another piece of equipment, there was some element of duplication.”

He explained one of the three videos of child rape involved a mature female and a boy aged between five and seven which was sent to an address in Georgia on October 16, 2018.

A second video which involved two 12-year-old girls was sent to a doctor in Germany.

Bassiri then sent another video to the same doctor in Germany on December 5, 2018, which involved two boys aged eight and 12 and a donkey.

Mr Stephenson added: “The crown’s position is he does have a sexual interest in children.”

Bassiri has no previous convictions.

Jonathan Turner, defending, asked the judge to afford Bassiri credit for his guilty plea and highlighted that he has no previous convictions.

He said: “The images were received without request on a group chat from Iranian nationals.”

Mr Turner explained that the duplication of the images was due to the way the devices synced with each other automatically.

He said: “He has worked consistently since arriving in the UK, most recently as a driver for a pharmaceutical company.”

Mr Turner explained Bassiri had been married for 15 years and has three sons, who he provides for as his wife does not work.

He said: “He was an asylum seeker, that was his first attempt to remain, he was in danger due to political association. His younger brother has been incarcerated there.”

Referring to a pre sentence report Mr Turner urged the judge to impose a community penalty and said: “He expresses remorse and shame for offending in that report. There is a low likelihood of reoffending and low risk of sexual offending.”

Bassiri admitted; three counts of downloading indecent photographs of children, distributing three child rape videos, possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying serious injury to a person’s private parts, possessing seven extreme pornographic images including animals and possessing 39 indecent images of children.

Judge David Swinnerton, detailing the vile nature of the images, said: “You not only downloaded that but you shared it. I don’t think you have been entirely frank with your reasons for looking at this. You said you shared them to show disgust and comment at how terrible this is.

“You didn’t just post it once. You distributed it on three separate occasions – that is in addition to the 30 images you had downloaded.”

The judge, commenting on how Bassiri had claimed he didn’t know it was an offence and shared it out of disgust, said: “That was not what you were doing here. You know.

“You have expressed some remorse and shame. You know this material, looking at it and in particular sharing it is deeply wrong and that is why the starting point for sharing is three years.”

Judge Swinnerton said he took into account Bassiri’s good character and afforded him full credit for his guilty pleas.

The judge added: “You are someone with a wife and three children for whom you provide, although at the moment you are not living with them because of this offence.

“I note what is said about the further risk you pose being low but I also note you have not yet been ready to face up to why you were looking at and distributing these images.

“I also have to ask myself whether the only proper sentence for distributing class A images is one of immediate imprisonment and I take the view it is I am afraid.”

Judge Swinnerton said: “Those that distribute class A images of children can expect to go to prison.”

Bassiri was jailed for one year and eight months.

He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and must adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Cheshire Police declined to release a photograph of Bassiri.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “The officers involved in cases consider a range of criteria when it comes to mugshot requests.

“On this occasion it has been decided, after taking everything into account, not to issue a mugshot.”

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