A makeup artist whose music has been on Coronation Street and Radio 1 has been jailed for 15 years after admitting to sexually assaulting a toddler.
Rapper MistaKay, real name Kieran Cunliffe, 25, streamed the horrific abuse online in the US, a court heard.
Cunliffe, also known as Kieran McGowan, was jailed today and handed over an indefinite sexual harm prevention order by Sheffield Crown Court.
The court heard that a Homeland Security undercover agent came across a website and chat group in which a man was sending videos of abuse.
There was also ‘related to intelligence’ that suggested that abuse was live-streamed to a chat room, police said.
Homeland Security alerted the police in the UK and the IP address was traced to a property in Doncaster, South Yorks., Where Cunliffe was arrested later that day.
Rapper MistaKay, real name Kieran Cunliffe (pictured), 25, streamed the horrific abuse online in the US, a court heard
When interviewed, he denied any involvement and did not answer any comments. He initially denied the charges, but eventually turned his plea to guilty.
He admitted that there were six times of sexual abuse of a child under 13, twice that he had taken indecent images of a child and twice that he distributed indecent images of children.
The charges relate to one victim and were committed around October 6 in Doncaster.
Cunliffe also filed guilty pleas for violations in a separate case dating back to 2017.
He admitted to having taken indecent statues of a child and possession of indecent statues twice during a hearing in Lewes Crown Court in December 2020.
Sheffield Crown Court learned that Cunliffe was first arrested while living in Crawley, West Sussex in November 2017.
Police executed a search warrant and searched his home and he was also arrested at work. When his phone was seized, indecent images were found.
Prosecutor Nicola Quinney turned to the crimes while living in Yorkshire and stated that a Homeland Security undercover agent came across a website and chat group where Cunliffe had sent videos of abuse.
The website used by Cunliffe stated that those who flipped through it had the common belief that ‘all people are capable of sexual pleasure regardless of age, gender or gender’.
He also messaged the group asking if anyone liked young children in the chat.
The Homeland Security officer then took steps to alert the authorities in the UK and steps were taken to ensure that he was arrested.
When interviewed, he denied any involvement and did not answer any comments.
James Gould, defensively, said that Cunliffe has expressed “disgust and disgust” in himself and a real sense of remorse.
Mr. Gould says the contents of the pretrial and psychiatric reports add some context to the insult, referring to his childhood and upbringing.
He added that Cunliffe is “receptive to help” and, given his guilty pleas, has accepted responsibility.
Cunliffe (pictured) admitted that there were six times of sexual abuse of a child under 13, two times when indecent images of a child were taken and twice that indecent images of children were distributed. The charges relate to one victim and were committed around October 6 in Doncaster
Cunliffe, who cried several times during the hearing, had “bragged” in the group chat about the abuse to which he had subjected the youngster.
One of the users of the app described the victim as ‘sexy’. Another user asked him to register the abuse and he replied that he would try.
Recorder Eckersley said Cunliffe’s crimes were “motivated by his perverse sexual interest in children” and that he poses a risk to children.
He gave Cunliffe an extended sentence of 15 years. He will also be on the sex offender registry for life.
Cunliffe has more than 1,000 subscribers on YouTube and has released tracks with a number of artists.
His music was played on BBC Radio One and 1Xtra and one of his songs was also played on an episode of Coronation Street.
One of his songs released in September called ‘Where I Came From’ focused on the estate where he grew up in Doncaster.
Cunliffe also claims to have been involved in campaigns for Adidas, Oasis Drinks, Lipton Ice Tea, Red Bull and Derby County FC.
Detective Helen Cobley, of the South Yorkshire Police Department, said: “Cunliffe’s abuse of a vulnerable child is absolutely terrible and he is rightly given a custodial sentence for his crimes.
“We had to act quickly after receiving the information that someone was live-streaming potentially horrific abuse, and we were able to quickly get a warrant for Cunliffe’s arrest and searches.
He is a dangerous person who poses significant risk to children and I hope the community is reassured by the swift action taken to arrest Cunliffe and charge him with multiple sex offenses involving children.
While he pleaded guilty to these heinous crimes and accepted responsibility for his crimes, this will do little to repair the damage and trauma inflicted on his victim.
The impact of sexual abuse on victims and their families can be devastating, and committing such heinous crimes against a child is unforgivable.
‘We are absolutely determined to bring blatant offenders like Cunliffe to justice, his crimes have had a significant impact on his victim, and I really hope they can recover from this traumatic time in their lives, knowing that he is now behind bars sits. . ‘