Foot fetish Northampton paedophile recalled to prison after breaching sexual offences order

Liam Shields

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A predatory paedophile who was jailed for seven years in 2012 after he “bullied, coerced and pressured” children into exposing themselves over Facebook has been locked up again after he breached the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Liam Shields, aged 33, of Long Meadow Court, Thorplands, Northampton, was released from jail in April this year after serving just under half of his prison sentence.

Northampton Crown Court heard in March 2012 how Shields, who has a children’s foot fetish, created profiles of an 11 to 13-year-old girl and her older brother on Facebook and MSN and then persuaded children as young as nine to expose themselves to him by webcam over the internet.

He pleaded guilty to 42 charges of causing, inciting and attempting to incite children to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

As well as being jailed, Shields was made subject of a SOPO order banning him from owning a device capable of storing internet history or from withholding that from police officers

On Monday, the court heard that Shields, who was visited at his home address, refused to hand over a mobile phone with internet coverage and was found to possess a USB stick.

Rachel Law, prosecuting, said analysis of the phone revealed Shields had set up an account on the adult dating website Plenty Of Fish and an Instagram account.

The internet history also showed Shields had searched for pictures of children’s feet on Instagram, although there was no evidence he had contacted anyone.

The court heard that Shields had completed the sexual offenders treatment programme in prison.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith had obviously had ‘no real response” to the programme.

Shields was sentenced to six months in prison.