A British judge has reduced the sentence for a pedophile who took photos of himself abusing a baby and a toddler because the original verdict was too harsh.
Twenty-year-old John Long, from Maghull, Liverpool, told authorities, that he looked at the images for “sexual satisfaction,” saying, “My head is messed up,” reports The Sun.
Authorities found over 5,000 illicit images -- including 3,074 photos of child pornography -- and videos on Long’s computer. They also found 37 pictures and two videos of extreme porn and bestiality.
Long had seven hard drives which contained 324 Category A pictures, the most severe, plus 504 Category B and 4,234 Category C images, according to prosecutor Sarah Holt.
A picture of Long molesting two young boys as they slept were among the images, as well as one of him abusing a baby in a stroller. He took six pictures of himself sexually assaulting the children.
Initially, Judge Brian Cummings, QC, sentenced Long to two years and eight months in a youth jail at Liverpool Crown Court.
Then, after a day, Cummings reduced the sentence under a rule known as the “Slip Rule,” which gives the courts the right to modify sentences or orders made within 56 days.
Instead, the convict received a two-year detention and training order, suspended for two years, and two years’ supervision, according to the Daily Mail.
Cummings also placed Long on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and requested Long attend a sex offenders program intended for his unsettling sexual behavior.
Long confessed to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of making and one count of possessing indecent images of children, regarding the two boys. Additionally, he pled to seven counts of making and five counts of possessing indecent images, as well as to possession of cannabis.
Long’s attorney, John Rowan, said the suspect was regretful, embarrassed and utterly disgusted in himself, but is also thankful that he was caught and able to get the professional help he needs.
Rowan said Long had an “unpleasant” early childhood, suffered from severe starvation at age four and was taken away from his mother.
He was taken to foster care and removed from public education due to a diagnosis of ADHD and behavior problems.