Back behind bars, the vile paedophile who used an Xbox to search for child porn


A convicted paedophile is back behind bars after he was caught engaging in online chats about child abuse weeks after his release from jail. Brett Harriss, 28, had been locked up for 27 months after he ignored a court order and used an Xbox to trawl the internet for child pornography.

After serving a year of his sentence, the former McDonald’s worker moved into a hostel. But just three months later, he was found in the illegal possession of a phone and tablet whilst he used to secretly communicate with other paedophiles.

It emerged he had used the devices to download more squalid material over a period of six weeks and to communicate on forums with what he called ‘like minded individuals’ via the encrypted social media app Telegram.

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At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Harriss, from Bredbury, Stockport, who appeared via video link from Berwyn jail in Wrexham, North Wales, was sent back to jail for another 30 months after he admitted five charges of breaching the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and making an indecent image of a child.

He has admitted a sexual attraction towards children but blamed his behavior on him being ‘entirely isolated’ due to being disowned by his adoptive parents. Harriss had originally been locked up in 2017 for 32 months and was barred from using the internet after he distributed child pornography to other online predators.

He was released in 2019 but he was arrested again that December after he secretly acquired the games console to go online and trawl for more squalid images of youngsters – some aged as young as two.



Brett Harris

Police carrying out a routine check on Harriss discovered he had stored a library of 981 sick images on an iPad and filed them in folders labeled ‘rape’, ‘younger’, ‘dad and daughter’ and ‘sibling’.

The latest offenses were discovered last year when Harriss was released in January 2021 and he moved into a hostel. Police had already carried out a series of routine inspections in which he insisted he had no electronic devices to use the internet.

But the truth emerged on April 29 last year when officers searched his room during an unannounced visit. Prosecutor Miss Sophie Kenny said: ” I have produced a Huawei tablet device and when asked if he had any other devices he produced an internet enabled Alcatel mobile phone.

”He told officers there were Japanese style cartoons of child sex abuse and other indecent images on the tablet. He said he had been using the Telegram app to speak to what he called ‘like minded individuals’ who would forward him onto forums where he could discuss child sex abuse.

”Both items were seized and sent for investigation. The tablet was found to have Google auto fill records with entries including ‘club paedo’, ‘prison bus paedo’ and ‘extreme pead’ which had been searched over the previous two months.

”Two images were also found which were judged to be a female aged between nine and 12 and the tablet was found to have a cloud storage account and an encrypted SD card was recovered.

”Harriss was interviewed and made full admissions saying the pictures had been downloaded using the Telegram app and said he was sexually attracted to children. These were very deliberate and serious breaches of the Sexual Harm Prevention Order. There was an obvious persistence in his behaviour.”

In mitigation, defense barrister, Miss Kay Driver, said her client had previously enrolled on a ‘Horizon’ program for convicted sex offenders but said it was ‘not effective’.



Brett Harris

She added: ”He is to address his offending behavior and to lead a lawful life – he does not want to be motivated to be in the position he finds himself in now. He was fostered at a very young age, his biological father having died in 1995. His mother died when he was 19.

”Since the 2017 offenses both his adoptive parents have disowned him and he is found himself entirely isolated. He has resorted to his offending behavior online to look for company. He wants out of that situation.”

Sentencing, the judge Mr Recorder Ciaran Rankin told Harriss: “Your rather disrupted youth and background give you no excuse whatsoever for the behavior you undertook. You have described yourself as an idiot but much stronger words to describe you could be employed. This is repeat offending.”

Harriss will also be made subject to a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will sign the Sex Offender Register for an indefinite period. He can only use an electronic device to access the internet if it has ‘risk management software’ installed and managed by police.




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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