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Jan Winterbottom the Melbourne street musician and sex offender had child pornography and bestiality images

‘Creepy’ street person who took care of underage girls after meeting them on Instagram and said he wanted to abuse children had over 900 images of child pornography and bestiality

  • Jan Winterbottom, 29, was a registered sex offender when he was ambushed in 2019
  • Police found more than 970 videos and images of child pornography and bestiality
  • He sent a victim of child abuse images and said he wanted to attack children

A Melbourne street musician who nursed and abused teenage girls in ‘grotesque and vile’ ways after meeting them on social media has been jailed.

Jan Winterbottom was already a registered sex offender when he was ambushed in January 2019 for allegations of child pornography and care.

During the police raid, more than 970 videos and images of child pornography, bestiality and other repugnant material were found.

The street musician also interacted with three teenage girls who contacted him on Instagram and SnapChat in mid-2018.

Two of his victims were 15 years old when they contacted the then 26-year-old and the messages became sexual shortly after the meeting. He also sent the girls naked images of his torso.

Jan Winterbottom was already a registered sex offender when he was ambushed in January 2019 for child pornography and care allegations (stock image)

Jan Winterbottom was already a registered sex offender when he was ambushed in January 2019 for child pornography and care allegations (stock image)

One girl labeled his behavior “creepy” and told the police that he became obsessive in a short time.

He also sent his third victim images of abused children, telling her about his sexual desire for children and how he wanted to sexually abuse them.

Winterbottom’s behavior toward the teenage girl was “grotesque and despicable,” Victorian court judge Claire Quin said Tuesday.

He told her to take pictures of her sexual acts and send them to him, who she would then share on social media, claiming she was his “slave.”

“You painted her cruelly and demeaning to others,” said Judge Quin.

He had previously received a community correction order for similar offenses in 2015, but had broken court orders to inform the police about changes in his address.

Winterbottom pleaded guilty to using a coach service to care for a child under the age of 16, not complying with reporting obligations, reporting child pornography, requesting child pornography with a coach service, knowingly possessing material for child abuse and possession of cannabis.

The judge took into account his disadvantaged childhood, limited detention and limited program availability.

Judge Quin said, however, that he had demonstrated an inability to comply with court orders, lack of repentance, and a high risk of recidivism.

The 29-year-old was sentenced to four years and six months in prison and was registered for life as a serious sex offender.

He must be behind bars for at least two years and nine months before qualifying for parole and has already served 482 days.

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