November 2018

Jail for Folkestone man who took ‘upskirt’ videos of children

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A Folkestone man who covertly filmed ‘upskirt’ videos of school children has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Roshan Rai was convicted over a string of sexual offences, which also included inciting a child to send him indecent images.

The alert was initially raised during February 2017, when Kent Police was made aware of concerns that an 11-year-old child was being encouraged to post nude images of herself, online.

The person asking for images claimed he was a 14-year-old boy from London, however an investigation established it was in fact 27-year-old Rai, of Firs Lane, Folkestone.

When officers from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team executed a search warrant at his home they seized a computer, which when examined was found to contain thousands of indecent images and videos, downloaded from the internet. Some were in the most serious category.

A forensic examination of a mobile phone belonging to Rai revealed further images, including screenshots from social media sites of children he had made contact with.

A storage device seized from Rai’s bedroom was also examined, from which ‘upskirt’ videos were recovered, which he had taken of unsuspecting school children.

There were also a number of videos on the device which appeared to have been taken covertly inside a communal changing area of a swimming pool.

These showed children as young as three changing into their swimming costumes.

At Canterbury Crown Crourt Rai pleaded guilty to three counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, along with a charge of causing a child to watch a sexual act, a charge of outraging public decency (by taking “upskirt” pictures of children) and a charge of voyeurism.

He also admitted three counts of making indecent images of children.

On 9 November 2018 he was sentenced to four years and two months imprisonment.