“These offences have had a profound effect"
Paedophile Samiral Choudhury, aged 30, of Rochdale, was jailed for seven years and two months after police uncovered his depraved secret.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that his crimes came to light in June 2017 when his car was pulled over by police officers.
A Mercedes driven by Choudhury was stopped at 11 pm on June 20.
He was linked to a major investigation into the supply of cocaine and heroin into the North West and Midlands. Choudhury was found in possession of one kilogram of cocaine.
After admitting to the offence, he was jailed for four years.
However, when he was arrested, police had seized his mobile phone and a set of keys. Officers then searched his family home on Entwistle Road.
Simon Blakeborough, prosecuting, explained that officers found a locked metal cabinet in his bedroom.
Inside the cabinet were 10 child-sized bras and a USB stick. On the USB stick and on Choudhury’s phone, police found indecent images of girls thought to be as young as seven.
It was suspected that the bras had been kept as “trophies” of his abuse.
Mr Blakeborough said:
“The bras are described by an officer as training bras used by young girls who are just starting to develop breasts during puberty.”
On his phone, officers found a video depicting child sex abuse. Experts estimated the age of the child as between seven and 10-years-old.
Under his pillow was a “spyhole camera” device attached to a cable which had been used to film an adult woman “drying off after a shower”.
Mr Blakeborough said that several videos of fully clothed children had been taken “covertly”.
Choudhury was serving his sentence for the drug offences when he was questioned. He denied the offences, claiming that the USB stick was used for work and other people had access to it.
The paedophile also said that the “peephole” camera was used to look for rodents that were behind skirting boards in his house.
However, technology uncovered his lies.
Specialist officers identified Chowdhury’s fingerprint taken from one of the high-definition videos on his phone. Police took still pictures of his fingers and zoomed in on the ridges and swirls of his finger.
This is only the second time in Greater Manchester where such technology has been used to prove guilt.
On the first day of his trial, Chowdhury admitted to sexual assault by penetration of a child under 13, sexual assault of a child under 13 and voyeurism.
Ms White, defending, said that her client is willing to take any courses that would address his behaviour.
“The defendant is pretty upset and embarrassed in the dock.
“These offences have had a profound effect on his assessment of himself.
“His mum and dad are here. They don’t excuse his behaviour but stand by him.”
Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw, of GMP’s Serious Crime Division, said:
“Choudhury is not only a convicted drug dealer but now a convicted paedophile too.”
“The sentence imposed by the court today highlights the justice system’s commitment to protecting children from predatory and shameful behaviour.
“Sexual offences often have a life-long impact on victims. We are 100 per cent committed to bringing those responsible for these shocking crimes to justice”.
On February 17, 2020, Choudhury was jailed for seven years and two months. He was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, banning him from having unsupervised contact with under-16s.
Manchester Evening News reported that he will also have to allow police to inspect any electronic devices that are capable of accessing the internet.