TWISTED lovers who live-streamed sickening videos of babies being raped have been jailed this week.
Marc Burton and John Harrison watched and shared clips of young children being abused on the internet.
Former military man, Burton, and Harrison both admitted distributing and making indecent images, and drug offences.
The pair, from Jarrow and Walker, in County Durham, shared the “repulsive” footage of children in pain and distress.
They were each jailed for 32 months at Newcastle Crown Court, where a judge slammed the duo for what they have done.
Judge Jonathan Carroll said: “Each of you have sought to excuse your offending both to yourselves and to the police and probation service, saying you did not commit the contact offence or create the material, that you merely used existing material.
“That’s simply no excuse at all and in my judgement is further evidence of your distorted thinking.
“It’s the accessing and use of this kind of material that positively creates and supports the market for it.
It directly contributes to the making of more and more of such material and it therefore contributes to the serious sexual abuse of other young children.
“You are both responsible for your role in that truly repulsive market.”
The National Crime Agency raided Burton’s home in Jarrow and Harrison’s home in Walker and seized various bits of computer equipment, in November 2017.
Harrison’s laptop contained saved video recordings from sessions on Zoom – which is a free chat room service in which a number of users can enter a private room, which anyone can set up.
That room is given a 10 digit number and then the host can set a password which they can share how they want, usually on social media platforms or by text.
Burton was also found to have MDMA and cannabis, as did Harrison, along with amphetamine.
Both men blamed the other for introducing them to the child abuse material.
As well as the 32-month prison sentences, they both must sign the sex offenders register for life and were made subject to sexual harm prevention orders for 15 years.
Brian Hegarty, for Burton, said: “The defendant is disgusted with himself and appalled at his behaviour.
“That is genuine and there have been incidents of self harm after his arrest.
He gave insufficient thought to the fact that those who view such images contribute to the market which exists in such images.”
Paul Cross, for Harrison, said: “It must be acknowledged these are appalling images that were being viewed and would cause revulsion in any right-thinking person and Mr Harrison accepts that now.”
After the case, a NSPCC spokesperson said: “Child abuse images are not a victimless crime – these are real children who have suffered horrific ordeals. Burton and Harrison will be aware of this, orchestrating as they did the streaming of live and pre-recorded abuse.”