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Ilkley photographer 'paid girls for sex on camera'

Robin Doherty
Police found 25,000 child abuse images on Doherty's computer

A photographer who offered cash to children as young as 13 to have sex with him on camera has been jailed.

Robin Doherty, 43, arranged a session at his studio in which he was planning to take pictures of himself having sex with three girls aged 13, 14 and 16.

Leeds Crown Court heard he was paid to take pornographic pictures of girls at the studio in Brook Street, Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

Doherty was jailed for five years after admitting a series of sex offences.

He pleaded guilty to taking and distributing indecent images, arranging the commission of a child sex offence and inciting a child to take part in pornographic activity.

Naked shots

Leeds Crown Court heard the sex session never went ahead. Doherty was caught when one of the girls' relatives intercepted one of his messages.

Doherty, 43, told police his photographic sessions were done to order and he named another man as the "money man".

The court heard that man was prosecuted for possessing child abuse images but there was not enough evidence to charge him alongside Doherty.

Doherty was paid about £8,000 for supplying photographs of girls and young women, the court was told.

Philip Adams, prosecuting, said the 16-year-old girl went to Doherty's studio in October 2007.

In the first photographs she was clothed, but later she was naked. She was paid £300.

Computer images

Doherty then got in contact with the teenager's sister, who was 14 at the time, and a friend, who was just 13, Mr Adams said.

Mr Adams said Doherty offered £1,000 to each girl to have sex with him, and possibly another man, and for the session to be recorded.

Detectives later found 25,000 downloaded child abuse images on the photographer's computer.

Sentencing Doherty, the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, said: "It went further than just taking photographs.

"It was your intention, if any of these children would be willing, to seek to have sex with them and to have photographs taken of that activity.

"All of that was for money being supplied to you by another person. That makes this commercial."

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