A former Thomas Cook cabin crew member was caught teaching police officers how to abuse children.

Max Paraduik, 27, used an online 'Kik' profile to send indecent images and advise users how to groom and abuse young children - without getting caught.

Posting under the username 'HorseHungManc,' he unknowingly engaged in conversations with three undercover GMP police officers, posing as paedophiles.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Paraduik pretended to be a middle-aged dad-of-four, and lied to cops about how he had abused his own children.

Paraduik was arrested and released under investigation for distributing indecent images of children in March 2019.

But, he continued to interact with two more undercover police officers, sending them 'highly graphic' images of children being sexually assaulted.

Following his second arrest, Paraduik denied having an interest in children, telling police he was gay. He told officers that the conversations were 'purely fantasy.'

Paraduik pretended to be a middle-aged dad-of-four, and lied to cops about how he had abused his own children

Prosecutor, Justin Hayhoe told the court that officers from GMP had created online Kik profiles in the hope of identifying potential paedophiles.

"On March 4, an officer checked his Kik account and there was a message from the defendant saying he was a 35-year-old father-of-four from England," Mr Hayhoe said.

"They had a conversation and during the course of that conversation the defendant asked the officer whether was interested in kids.

"The conversation continued with the defendant advising the officer how to abuse children. He sent a video of a young girl being sexually assaulted.

"He said he could teach the officer how to groom a child and said he could arrange for the officer to abuse a child.

"The defendant sent three further images of children and told the officer how they could be abused."

Paraduik was arrested and told police officers he worked as cabin crew for Thomas Cook, and that he was gay.

"He was released under investigation and in July he contacted another two police officers," Mr Hayhoe said.

"The defendant told the police officers he had abused his own children. He was arrested again and interviewed.

"He said the conversations were pure fantasy and that he was aroused by helping other people 'get off.'"

Max Paraduik was sentenced to an 18 month sentence suspended for 12 months

Defending, Steven Sullivan said: "He shows genuine remorse and is disgusted by his own behaviour and actions. He made terrible mistakes and he is horrified by them.

"This offending was committed over a short period of time and this offending is very much in the past. He was not in a good place and he was abusing drugs."

Paraduik, of Ashworth Road, Lytham St Anne's was sentenced to 18 months suspended for two years after admitting three counts of distributing indecent images of children.

He was also ordered to complete 30 Rehabilitation Requirement days and a programme for registered sex offenders.

Sentencing, Judge Richard Mansell QC said: "You said you only conversed with these males because you got aroused by helping others get aroused, but I find this impossible to accept.

"The conversation was highly graphic and disturbing. You gave detailed advice to both men about how and when to abuse their own children.

"The fact you engaged in such discussions leads me to believe you do have paedophile ideas. I am particularly concerned that you went on to offend despite the clear warning you had from your earlier investigation and release.

"I believe early intervention will protect the public better in the long term than sending you to prison."

Paraduik will also have to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.