February 2017

Paedophile who pretended to be a woman and encouraged abuse of children has been jailed


A Gloucester man, who posed as a woman when he logged into a perverted website and encouraged the sexual abuse of a child, has been jailed for 20 months.

Lorry driver Robert Payne, 53, of Kitchener Avenue, Gloucester, was caught because the Child Exploitation and Protection Centre became aware of his conversations on a site called Tag.com, the city’s crown court was told.

Payne admitted three offences of possessing indecent child porn videos and still images and one of possession of extreme pornography of a woman having sex with a dog.

He also admitted two offences of encouraging or assisting the commission of sexual offences against a child under 13 by engaging in electronic conversations with another person on 12th and 13th Jan this year.

Judge Michael Cullum told him: “You had in your possession a significant number of the most serious category of images showing penetrative activity with children as young as two and up to 15.

This was effectively the rape and torture of children which you were watching for your own sexual gratification.

“You have a young granddaughter. While you were playing with her and furthering her life experience you were also condoning other children of a similar age having their lives ruined.

“These images show real children whose lives will never be the same again because of the market provided by people like you.”

But the judge said Payne’s most serious offences were the two of encouraging sexual abuse by going online in his alter ego as Dawn Jones.

“Your fantasy was pretending to be a blonde, slim, 40-something year old woman.

“You were talking to other paedophiles about the abuse of children and intending that abuse to happen. You were encouraging an act of penetration of a child of 13.

“You believed that you actions would encourage or assist the commission of such an offence. You were getting sexual gratification from encouraging someone else, remotely, to commit the abuse.

“There is, however, no evidence that such an offence was committed or that you further corrupted any person you were speaking to.

“You have to receive a significant immediate custodial sentence to reflect society’s abhorrence of such offences.”

As well as the 20 months jail term the judge made a ten year sexual harm prevention order against Payne and also placed him on the sex offender register for ten years.

Prosecutor Mark Worsley said police raided Payne’s home on 13th April this year after receiving a tip off from the child exploitation agency. He denied he had any computers and said he only used his phone to access the internet. He denied having a tag.com account.

But a search revealed two devices, a desktop and a laptop, and he was arrested.

Thirty of the worst Category A videos and five stills of child porn were found on the computers along with more than 40 less serious films and pictures.

His chat on the tag.com website showed he was pretending to be a mature 49 year old woman, Dawn Jones, and he was encouraging sexual activity with girls aged 11 and 12 and a boy of 14.

Stephen Ritter, defending Payne, who had no previous convictions, said he thought he had deleted all child porn from the computers, which he had not used for some time.

He had fallen into offending when he was depressed after the death of his mother and other bereavements and was facing ‘a crisis in his life,’ Mr Ritter said.

“Whatever possessed him to adopt this alternative persona one does not know.”