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Mum shared vile child abuse images to ‘keep romance alive’ with creepy boyfriend

A mum-of-two shared vile pornographic images of kids with her zombie actor boyfriend in a sick attempt to "keep alive" their creepy romance.

Rachael Larkman, 38, sent the images to Steven Kearsley, 35, after he became "obsessed" with the idea of chatting online with a young girl.

Larkman later agreed to testify against her now ex-boyfriend in court before a jury and avoided jail.

In one explicit exchange Kearsley, who has played zombies in made-for-video movies, sent messages online to Larkman saying: "You got any pervy pics? You can send any – even nudes I wouldn't run."

She in turn replied: "I'll try n get a couple tomorrow n take some of me in a bit for u xxxxx." When she posted: "Lol having fun?" he responded: "Child abuse is always fun x."

The pair, both of Oldham, Greater Manchester were arrested after police were made aware of the images and explicit messages.

Inquiries revealed Kearsley who has appeared as an extra in Emmerdale and in a BBC TV drama about the trial of society call girl Christine Keeler had been contacting a teenager via Snapchat asking for nude pictures.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Larkman who admitted distributing indecent images of children faced up three years jail under legal guidelines but was was sentenced to 18 months jail suspended for two years after the hearing was told she had learning difficulties.

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She was also made subject of a 8pm-6am curfew for three months and was ordered to sign the Sex Offender register for ten years.

Kearsley was jailed for 12 months after he was convicted of sexual communications with a child and encouraging the sharing of indecent images.

He was further ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for ten years and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The court heard the couple began dating in 2013 after they met through the dating website Flirtomatic.

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An investigation into illegal activities began in June 2018 after police learnt of Kearsley sending inappropriate messages to a 12-year-old girl and inquiries led them to Larkman.

For Kearsley, defence counsel Vanessa Thomson said: "Mr Kearsley has a long-term disability, his broken back but has been self-employed, devising games and being a supporting artist in the acting industry.

"His employment in the acting sphere may be reduced now in the future but he does have his gaming design business which is now taking off."

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Sentencing judge Miss Recorder Anna Vigars QC told Larkman: "You are considered to be a vulnerable woman, and particularly in the context of relationships and it's clear since your arrest that you have sought to address the issues that you found.

"I accept that you have some learning difficulties – although I have read the text messages between you and Steven Kearsley, which point to you being an intelligent and able communicator. You also sent a number of photos to sustain your own sexual relationship with Steven Kearsley.

"Your offending was simply to keep your own sexual relationship with Steven Kearsley alive. You have demonstrated very significant remorse."

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