Operation Bamboo officers were investigating chat-room conversations a 13-year-old girl from Stoke was having with a number of adult males.When they raided Barnes's home, they recovered computers containing 39 indecent images and movies of children - some in the most serious category.As a form of a compulsive behavior, it can be identified by three criteria: the failure of making a decision about engagement in the behavior, obsession with the behavior, and the inability to stop the behavior despite negative consequences.Adults with this type of addiction, engage in at least one of the relevant behaviors.Barnes, of Darlington, admitted 17 specimen charges of making indecent images and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.The 24-year-old was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and 300 hours of unpaid work for the community.Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said one short film was of a five-year-old girl being raped as she had her legs strapped to a bar and her wrists in handcuffs.During the chat-room conversations, the teenager was encouraged to do intimate things while Barnes watched on a web-cam.
A national victims' group hit out saying it was 'intellectually, ethically, morally' wrong to lay any blame on the 13-year-old girl and described the sentencing as 'abhorrent'.
According to the film, 8 million North Americans spend more than 11 hours a week – each – pursuing sex online.
Having recently tried to find good cybersex myself, I see why it's taking them so long. In the olden days, you could find chat rooms where adults bantered, flirted and seduced one another in a supportive community.
'Intellectually, ethically, morally and in every other way you can't point the finger at a 13-year-old and blame her.
, a new documentary from Canadian team Melanie Wood and Nick Orchard, explores the rising rates of internet sex addiction in Canada.