Mum sent indecent pictures of a child to lover to ‘keep relationship alive’

Rachael Larkman, 38, and ex-Emmerdale actor Steven Kearsley, 35, began a “friends with benefits” relationship after they met on the “Flirtomatic” website in 2013

Rachael Larkman wanted to keep her relationship ‘alive’

A twisted mum sent indecent pictures of a child to her actor boyfriend to “keep alive” their relationship.

Rachael Larkman, 38, and Steven Kearsley, 35, began a “friends with benefits” relationship after they met on the ‘Flirtomatic’ website in 2013.

But things took a warped turn when Kearsley began asking her for indecent images of children, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

The ex-Emmerdale extra, who has played zombies in made-for-video movies, later became “quite obsessed” with the idea of chatting online to children, and officers later found he had been sending messages to a child, Manchester Evening News reports.

The pair, both from Oldham, Greater Manchester, were arrested after police were made aware of the images and explicit messages and when their phones were examined a number of sinister message exchanges were uncovered.

Steven Kearsley has been jailed


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In one exchange, Kearsley said: “You got any pervy pics?”

In another he said: “You can send any – even nudes I wouldn’t run.”

The mum-of-two later said: “Lol having fun?”

Kearsley replied: “Child abuse is always fun x.”

The prosecutor said Kearsley’s requests for the images were constant and arose from his sexual interest in children.

Following an investigation launched by the police, Kearsley also was found to be sending inappropriate messages to a child.

Steven Kearsley became ‘quite obsessed’ with the idea of chatting online to children


Steven Kearsley/ Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

Kearsley was an extra in Emmerdale and starred in zombie movie


Steven Kearsley/ Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

“Rachel accepted that she had sent him eight to 10 photographs.”

Mitigating for Larkman, Richard Simons said: “She is considered to be a vulnerable adult and partner in the context of intimate relationships.

“The psychiatric report concludes that she suffers from Battered Wife Syndrome and PTSD.

“This offending behaviour happened over three years ago and she made immediate admissions.

“She is deeply remorseful.”

In mitigation for Kearsley, Vanessa Thomson said: “His pre-sentence report doesn’t make for positive reading on his behalf.

The mum-of-two accepted that she had sent indecent photographs


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“He still denies the offences.

“The pre-sentence report suggests a community alternative, where he will be challenged face-to-face on a weekly basis about what he thinks is right and not right.

“It will be intensely challenging to him.

“That will not be available to him in a prison environment.”

She added that her client suffered from ongoing complications from a broken back, which affected his work as an actor in the acting industry.

Kearsley was convicted of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence believing it would be committed, namely requesting indecent images of children, and engaging in sexual communication with a child following a trial.

Larkman admitted distributing indecent photos of a child



Larkman pleaded guilty to distributing indecent photos of a child.

Sentencing Larkman, Recorder Anna Vigars QC said: “These offences took place… to keep your own sexual relationship alive.

“But, you have a difficult and traumatic background, and you have demonstrated very significant remorse.”

Sentencing Kearsley, she said: “Your request was made in the context of a perverted sexual fantasy.

“I have read the presentence report, and it is a troubling report.

“I see no recognition you had done anything wrong and you sought rather to pass blame to Larkman.”

Larkman was handed an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirements, and a three-month electronically monitored curfew between 8pm and 6am.

Kearsley was jailed for a year.

Both were ordered to sign the sex offender register for a decade. Kearsley was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

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