Keenan Ridgeway Wiki – Bio
Keenan Ridgeway was tracked down and arrested by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers after the footage was sent to another offender in the US.
Police later discovered hundreds of indecent images of children on devices found at his home. Ridgeway, of Croft Bank, Skegness, was jailed for six years and three months after admitting to 16 offences.
Keenan Ridgeway Age
Keenan Ridgeway is 21 years old.
Sexually abused young child then shared videos
Attorney David Eager told Lincoln Crown Court that the crime was first discovered in early 2020, but Ridgeway was not identified and the investigation was closed. However, the NCA reopened the investigation after Interpol said six images of the victim being sexually assaulted, which could be traced back to Lincolnshire, had been distributed to someone in Miami, USA.
NCA investigations found more images on the dark web of the defendant assaulting his victim, and Ridgway was arrested in August 2021. When the NCA later gained access to his iPhone, they discovered that he had an account on a website that allowed pedophiles to exchange and distribute indecent images, with another 42 images of his victim and another 355 indecent photos and videos found in various folders and caches, even of raped children.
Ridgeway was also found to have sent 462 indecent images to other people online. In a statement read in court, the victim’s mother said she expected Ridgeway to “rot in hell.” Passing sentence, Judge Simon Hirst said: “This is not simply a case of sexual images being taken, but I have to take into account the fact that he not only took them, not only distributed them to like-minded people, but these are images that have traveled the world. “They will be there forever. They can never be removed.”
Ridgeway pleaded guilty on November 11 last year to 16 separate charges, including assault on a child under 13 by penetration and six charges of distribution of indecent photographs of a child. He was also subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, as well as being placed on the sex offender registry for life.