CAGED: Predatory paedophile jailed for seven years

Danger: Karl Smith
Danger: Karl Smith
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A ‘dangerous and predatory’ paedophile is off the streets after police investigating indecent images discovered a youngster he had abused in his home in Preston.

Karl Smith, 37, will have to prove he no longer poses a danger to children before he is allowed out of prison at the end of his seven year and eight month sentence.

Officers from Lancashire police received intelligence Smith’s IP address had been used to upload indecent images of children to his home computer.

A laptop, PC, digital camera and SD card were seized during a raid at his home in New Hall Lane on June 19 last year.

The equipment was taken away for analysis and when searched was found to contain images of a young girl being abused by Smith.

However when officers returned to the address five days later to quiz Smith they discovered the child in the images was also at the property.

Smith was arrested and went on to admit engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, sexual assault on a female aged under 13 and sexual assault of a male under 13.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent images.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Karl Smith is clearly a dangerous and predatory offender and the sentence imposed on him today reflects the depravity of what he has done.”

Once he is released from prison, Smith will be on a five year extended licence period.

He has also been handed a lifetime sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) and has been barred from working with children.