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Leeds paedophile Michaela Sheldrake jailed for seven years

Paedophile Michaela Sheldrake has been jailed for seven years after being caught with a sickening stash of child porn

A female paedophile found with a huge stash of child porn has been jailed for seven years.

Michaela Sheldrake, 41, described herself as a ‘monster’ after a court heard she had amassed indecent images and videos and had taken 356 indecent photographs of a girl under 16 – sending some of the pictures to a man.  

Speaking after the case, a relative said the victim had been ‘left serving a life sentence’ and Sheldrake should be ‘behind bars for the rest of her life’.

She was jailed after admitting nine offences at an earlier hearing. 

They included two charges of taking indecent photographs of a child – three of the images were classed as category B and 353 were category C.

Sheldrake also admitted two charges of making indecent photographs of a young boy in connection with two images classified in category A – the most serious category – and five in category B. 

At Leeds Crown Court, Sheldrake admitted a string of child sex offences. The court heard she described herself as a 'monster'

At Leeds Crown Court, Sheldrake admitted a string of child sex offences. The court heard she described herself as a ‘monster’

Sheldrake admitted one charge of inciting a girl aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity and one charge of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a girl under 16.

Sheldrake, of Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, admitted possessing 2,578 indecent images and 110 movies of children on a mobile phone. 

She also admitted distributing indecent photographs of a child and attempting to pervert the course of justice by encouraging a child to provide false information to police.

Catherine Silverton, mitigating at Leeds Crown Court, said Sheldrake had no previous convictions and was ashamed of her offending.

She said: ‘Nobody hates her as much as herself. ‘She described herself as a monster.’

Miss Silverton said the case has been going on for almost three years. 

Jailing Sheldrake, judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: ‘It is said on your behalf that you have shown remorse. ‘I have to say that, having read reports and reviewed the evidence, there is no real evidence of that in relation to your victims. 

‘You have realised the consequences of your behaviour and the consequences are severe. ‘In my view you have not shown any real remorse.’

Det Insp Marc Bowes, of West Yorkshire Police, described the offences as ‘absolutely appalling’ and said Sheldrake’s offending was ‘significant and sustained’.