Woman who 'liked the attention' of sharing child abuse material jailed

Chivers, 29, from Driffield in Yorkshire, admitted producing child sexual abuse material and sharing it online.

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A woman who told law enforcement officers she "liked the attention" she received for distributing child abuse material has been sent to prison for more than three years.

Sonia Chivers, 29, from Driffield in Yorkshire, admitted producing child sexual abuse material and sharing it online.

She was arrested by National Crime Agency officers in December 2020 after joining a group on a messaging platform, which was created for those with a sexual interest in children aged four and under.

NCA officers seized her mobile phone and recovered two videos of her performing a sexual act in front of a young child and an indecent image of a child which she had taken herself.

During interviews, Chivers said she didn’t know how she ended up in the online group, but stayed as she liked the attention she was getting from other users.

She subsequently pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13, as well as two counts each of making and distributing indecent images of children.

Hazel Stewart from the National Crime Agency said:

“Sonia Chivers claimed she generated child abuse material as she liked the attention, and in her own words, she “fed” the demand for this content by sharing it with others.

“This, in addition to engaging in very explicit online conversations about the sexual abuse of children, is behaviour that encourages others to commit abuse themselves and puts children in danger.

Today Chivers was sentenced at Hull Crown Court to three years and four months in prison. She is also subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and has been placed on the Sex Offender Register indefinitely.