March 2019: Mooney was placed on a probation bond for two years
Man (22) who ‘catfished’ teenage boys into sharing explicit pictures of themselves to be sentenced for possessing child abuse images
A Dublin man who engaged in “catfishing” to lure teenage boys into sharing explicit images of themselves online will be sentenced early next year.
Garda revealed that Ben Mooney (22) used the name “Nicole Heffernon” to email and contact teenage boys through Facebook.
Garda explained that Mooney had been “catfishing”, which is pretending to be someone else online, to obtain images of boys in their underwear and naked. The garda said there were also videos of the teenagers masturbating.
Mooney later told gardaí that he had contacted up to 15 teenage boys in the two years before he was caught.
Mooney, of Rathsallagh Park, Shankill, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to knowingly possessing child porn and possessing 4,000 images and 300 videos of child porn on a Samsung mobile phone at his home on January 5, 2016. He has no previous convictions.
Gda Tracey told Genevieve Coonan BL, prosecuting, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in America contacted gardaí about two email addresses sharing child porn.
One of these email addresses was in the name Nicole Heffernon and the other belonged to a 16-year-old boy.
During the investigation, gardaí spoke with this boy, along with two other males aged 16 and 15 years. They told officers that a person pretending to be a 16-year-old girl had contacted them through Facebook and had been sending them explicit material.
Gda Tracey said the IP address for the Nicole Heffernon email led back to Mooney’s home. He and colleagues got a search warrant for the premises, where Mooney and his parents were present.
Mooney asked his parents to leave him with gardaí and then admitted he had contacted up to 15 teenage boys over the last two years.
Gda Tracey said Mooney gave officers a number of emails, with which he had communicated with other suspected paedophiles through a Russian website. Gardaí also seized two mobile phones and a computer hard drive during the search.
Gda Tracey told Ms Coonan that 70 per cent of the 6,000 images on the phones was a mixture of pornography and child pornography. He said the child porn images fell onto the lower two levels of the scale and consisted of children posing erotically, solo masturbation and sexual activity between minors.
He said a “huge percentage” of the material involved young males between ten to 16 years old.
Gda Tracey agreed with Seán Guerin SC, defending, that Mooney made full admissions before forensic analysis had been done on the computer hard drive. He accepted that Mooney had been 19 years old at the time and that he had been struggling with his sexuality.
He further agreed that Mooney seems to have turned his life around, noting that he was “staying up all night playing computer games and sleeping all day” at the time.
Judge Melanie Greally ordered a report from The Probation Service and adjourned the sentence to January, when she will hear a plea in mitigation from Mr Guerin.
Oakham man sentenced for sexual abuse against young girls
An Oakham man has been given a six year custodial sentence after pleading guilty to a number of sexual offences against six young girls.
In October, Ryan Steadman, 20, of Stud Road, Barleythorpe, Oakham, pleaded guilty to 11 counts against six victims at Leicester Crown Court.
The pleas relate to five counts of causing a child aged 13 to 15 to watch a sexual act, four counts of inciting a child aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child, aged 13 to 14.
The offences happened between 2015 and 2018.
Steadman was originally charged with 39 counts against 11 victims
At Leicester Crown Court today (December 14), Steadman was given a six year custodial sentence, an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and ordered to be on the sex offenders register for life.
Steadman was arrested in February this year when officers received information from another police force that a 14-year-old girl had travelled to Leicestershire to meet with Steadman after chatting on social media.
It was alleged that while in Oakham, Steadman had engaged in sexual activity with the girl.
Paedophile abused girls as young as 13 after befriending them on Snapchat
A man committed sex offences against six different underage girls as young as 13 after befriending them on Snapchat.
Ryan Steadman had originally been charged with a total of 39 offences against 11 different girls and at Leicester Crown Court yesterday he admitted charges relating to six of them.
The 20-year-old, of Stud Road, Barleythorpe, Oakham, was first arrested in February this year when Leicestershire Police received information from another force that a 14-year-old girl had travelled to Oakham to meet with Steadman after chatting on social media and that they had engaged in sexual activity.
After being questioned by detectives he was released from custody while the investigation continued and further allegations were discovered.
The 11 admitted offences, which happened between 2015 and 2018, are:
Five counts of causing a child under 15 to watch a sexual act
Four counts of inciting a child under 15 to engage in sexual activity
Two counts of sexual activity with a child, aged 13 to 14
The other 28 offences that he did not admit will lie on file, which means he has not been cleared of them but that it is not considered in the interests of justice to pursue them.
Steadman will be sentenced at a later date.
Paedophile used fake Facebook profile of teen girl to lure schoolboy into sex abuse
A man in his 30s used a fake Facebook profile of a teenage girl to lure a schoolboy into sexual activity with him.
After tricking the boy into a meeting Simon Fuge then spent weeks buying the boy gifts – including sweets and a trip to the cinema – before performing a sex act on him.
The alarm was sounded when a friend of the boy became aware he had spent the night at Fuge’s house and told a teacher about his concerns.
Swansea Crown Court heard the schoolboy met someone called Danni, who appeared to be a girl between 16 and 18, on Facebook and the pair began chatting via the Messenger service.
After a while they agreed to meet but Danni did not turn up for the rendezvous.
Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said Danni then got in touch with the 14-year-old boy and told him her friend Simon lived nearby and he could go there to wait for her.
The court heard the boy went to 37-year-old Fuge’s house and the defendant pretended to be a friend of Danni.
The pair spent the afternoon playing computer games to pass the time until the boy’s date arrived – but she never did.
Fuge and the boy exchanged contact details and over the following weeks began communicating on Snapchat.
They also met a number of times, usually to play computer games, but on one occasion they went to the cinema while on another they went shopping in Swansea when the defendant bought the boy a new coat.
The prosecutor said Fuge then began making sexual suggestions to the boy and on one occasion pretended to be receiving text messages from his “friend” Danni which said she would like to see a video of them perform sex acts together.
The court heard that all the while Fuge also continued messaging the boy on Facebook as Danni and maintained the pretence that she wanted a relationship with him.
On two occasions while they were alone Fuge performed a sex act on the boy.
The defendant’s activities came to light after the boy spent a night at his house and was given alcohol to drink.
No sexual activity took place on that occasion but he mentioned the sleepover to a school friend who then told a teacher.
The court heard Fuge was arrested at the house he shared with his mother and initially denied there had been any sexual contact with the boy.
After requesting information from Facebook the police were able to identity the computer used to post to the “Danni” account and it was linked to Fuge’s post code.
With the help of internet provider Sky police were then able to identify the wifi router used at the relevant times.
Mr Rouch said Fuge’s communications with the boy on Snapchat were no longer able to be viewed but they checked the “Danni” Facebook profile and found it had also been used to contact other individuals and not just the victim in the case.
Fuge, of Marine Street, Llanelli , admitted two counts of inciting a child to engage in penetrative sexual activity.
In an impact statement read to the court his young victim said he had not been himself since his encounter with Fuge, adding that he socialised with friends less and was wary of communicating with people online.
Judge Paul Thomas QC told Fuge he had “badgered” the boy and “wore him down psychologically”.
He said it was clear Fuge had led a “sheltered, maybe even stifled, life” that had not allowed him a suitable outlet for his sexual development.
Fuge was jailed for a total of four and a half years. He will serve half that time in custody before being released on licence.
Fuge was also made the subject of a lifelong sexual harm prevention order to control his internet use and his access to children and will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
Teenager sentenced for string of child sex offences
A teenager from Warrington has been sentenced after admitting 25 child sex offences.
William Powner, from Woolston, pretended to be a teenage girl so he could sexually exploit young boys online.
The 18-year-old systematically targeted boys as young as nine years old and made them engage in sexual activity via multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
The teenager contacted nine victims, including eight from Warrington, via private messages and incited them to send him indecent pictures and videos of themselves, usually on the promise that their actions would be reciprocated.
He screen-recorded the photographs and videos he received and threatened to send them to friends of the victim – identified from their social media accounts – unless they agreed to his requests to engage in sexual acts and send him further indecent photographs and videos.
In one case he put an indecent video of a victim on Instagram when his demands were not met.
As well as the nine known victims, the teenager used an online chat website, where users can communicate with others anonymously, to sexually exploit further victims from all over the world.
He used this as another way to trick young boys into giving him indecent pictures and videos of themselves.
The teenager would then claim to have the software needed to find out who the victim is and where they live and try to blackmail them into performing sexual acts on a webcam.
The teenager was caught when victims told their parents what had been happening to them.
The extent of his offending was uncovered when police seized and examined his laptop and tablet. They contained a large number of indecent images of children.
The teenager pleaded guilty to all 25 charges he faced at Chester Youth Court on Wednesday 14 March.
He was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday 17 July.
The judge handed him a three-year youth rehabilitation order and a year-long curfew order with electronic monitoring.
Powner was also ordered to adhere to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and to sign the sex offenders’ register for two years and six months.
Becky Millyard, a Police Constable at Cheshire Police, said: “The teenager tricked, manipulated and blackmailed boys aged nine to 17 in order to fulfil his own sexual gratification.
“His actions have had a profound impact on his victims and will affect them for the rest of their lives.
Worle primary school deputy headteacher engaged in sex acts with boys online
A deputy headteacher who incited a child to commit a sex act online has been jailed.
Outwardly, David Jenkins was a hard-working teacher who had taught at Mead Vale Primary School in Worle for 18 years.
In reality he was a socially isolated man who led a fantasy life online, having sexualised chats with boys and making one perform a sexual act as he did so on camera.
When an investigation launched due to his contact with children via Facebook, it was established he had viewed child abuse images on his work laptop.
Jenkins, 54, of Hopefield in Newport, pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography and inciting boys to engage in or watch sexual activity.
He also admitted inciting a boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in penetrative sexual activity.
Judge Michael Longman jailed him for six-and-a-half years. He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and is subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
The SHPO includes prohibitions on him having unsupervised contact with boys under 16 and loitering in the vicinity of any school, school playground or children’s club.
He told Jenkins: “It is likely to have caused consternation with the parents of the boys you came into contact with and a reaction from disappointment to outrage among colleagues, staff and the entire school community.”
Jenkins was told to register as a sex offender indefinitely, and handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to stop him re-offending.
David Scutt, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court it was established Jenkins was involved in more than 100 Skype conversations with persons outside the UK, and 11 within the UK.
Three of these were boys with whom the teacher was established as having sexualised conversations with.
Jenkins was initially investigated after an informant using the school’s “whistle blower” policy reported concerns over his Facebook chats with youngsters.
As a result he was suspended in July, 2015, and it was found that his school laptop computer had contained images of children’s underwear, his commenting about being in a supermarket toilet waiting for someone to come in and photos and videos of himself masturbating.
A forensic examination of his laptop found he had viewed a relatively small number of child abuse images.
A total of 161 of these were deemed to be in the highest Category A abuse level.
There were also 57 images deemed to be in Category B and 153 deemed to be in Category C.
Police also found evidence of the teacher searching the web for subject matter such as “used underwear” and “gay boy chat”.
Analysis of his Skype chats, for which he used the name Gromit 2508, revealed sexualised conversations with boys.
Police were able to focus on three lads aged between 12 and 14.
One 14-year-old said he was in the process of discovering his sexuality when he chatted with Jenkins and talk quickly degenerated to sex chat and encouragement to commit a sex act.
A second lad said he thought of Jenkins’ attention as “weird”, while a third boy said: “I was only 14. I feel abused. I feel horrendous. I feel disgusting. I still feel sick.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “Jenkins was suspended by the school in July 2015 after it was found he was in contact with former pupils, on social media, in breach of school protocol.
“An internal investigation found indecent images on his school laptop and the matter was reported to police in October 2015. Officers found almost 300 indecent images of children on this laptop, of which more than half were the most serious category.
“Further forensic examination of the laptop showed that Jenkins had been in contact via Skype with boys under the age of 16 from across the country and that the exchanges had been sexual in nature.
“Jenkins resigned his post and left teaching prior to his arrest on Wednesday 16 December 2015.
“Further investigation led to the identification of three boys aged between 12 and 15 who confirmed they had been in online contact with ‘Gromit2508’ – Jenkins’ username – and said that he had exposed himself to them, performed indecent acts and encouraged the boys to do the same.
“In May 2018 following a thorough investigation Jenkins was charged with three counts of making indecent images, one of possessing extreme pornography, seven of causing/inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and six of causing a child to watch sexual activity/image of sexual activity.
Sick teacher who viewed LIVE sex abuse of children is banned for life
A teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after he was found to have watched live sexual abuse of children on the internet.
James Edward Glazebrook, 37, of Nottinghamshire admitted to police that he had used a chatroom that involved the live streaming of attacks on youngsters and viewed indecent images.
He was formerly the head of computing and ICT at secondary school Castle Donington College until he was suspended in September last year and resigned a month later.
A Teaching Regulation Agency Panel has now banned him from his profession for life.
An agency report said Glazebrook had viewed one or more indecent images or videos between December 2015 and February 2016. The panel ruled that his actions were sexually motivated.
Glazebrook was arrested in September last year, in connection with his private internet use at home, which had been intercepted by police, the report said.
This included him viewing indecent images, streaming images and “sexualised electronic chats” relating to boys aged 12 to 16.
The report said: “Mr Glazebrook had been employed at Castle Donington College since August 26, 2015 as a teacher in the position of head of computing.
“In September 2017, Mr Glazebrook was arrested in respect of his private internet usage at his home, which had been intercepted by the police. This usage included his viewing of indecent images, streaming of images and sexualised electronic chats relating to boys aged 12 to 16.”
At the time of his arrest, Glazebrook was suspended by the secondary school in September 2017 and resigned a month later, the report said.
The report said the panel took into account a transcript of an interview between a detective and Glazebrook in which the teacher was reported to have admitted using a chatroom that involved the live streaming of child sexual abuse and viewing indecent images.
No criminal proceedings were brought against the former teacher in connection with his internet use, it said.
The report also said: “While the panel noted that these allegations took place outside of the education setting, these were proven allegations by a teacher involving his viewing of the sexual abuse of children. It is inconceivable for these actions not to be taken into account when considering Mr Glazebrook’s profession.”
It continued to say: “The panel took into account the way the teaching profession is viewed by others and considered the influence that teachers may have on pupils, parents and others in the community. The panel took account of the uniquely influential role that teachers can hold in pupils’ lives and that pupils must be able to view teachers as role models in the way they behave.”
The panel ruled that Glazebrook’s conduct fell “significantly short of the standards expected of the profession”.
The panel accepted that Glazebrook previously had a good history and noted references stating he was an “excellent teacher … and allows students to progress rapidly”.
The panel also noted that, in 2017, Glazebrook requested to be voluntarily removed from the teaching register stating that he did “not ever wish to teach again”.
The panel ruled that Glazebrook’s conduct fell “significantly short of the standards expected of the profession”.
The panel accepted that Glazebrook previously had a good history and noted references stating he was an “excellent teacher … and allows students to progress rapidly”.
The panel also noted that, in 2017, Glazebrook requested to be voluntarily removed from the teaching register stating that he did “not ever wish to teach again”.
“I have also taken into account the panel’s comments on insight and remorse which the panel sets out as follows: ‘While Mr Glazeberook did admit the allegations at an early stage and some remorse has been indicated by him, which may indicate some insight into his actions, the panel saw no evidence of any other efforts of remediation’.
“In my judgement, the lack of full insight means that there is some risk of the repetition of this behaviour and this risks the future wellbeing of children.”
Ms Lewis confirmed Mr Glazebrook has been banned indefinitely from teaching at any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England. She also said he would not be able to apply for his right to teach to be reinstated.
Mr Glazebrook has a right of appeal within 28 days.
Pub worker sent video of his penis to young girl he tried to groom online
A 22-year-old Gower man sexually groomed a young girl online and sent her an intimate image, a court has heard.
A judge said he was in no doubt Alexander Parkhouse had set out to find young girls via social media and to engage them in sexual conversation and activity.
Swansea Crown Court heard Parkhouse “pestered” the girl, even though she had made it clear to him how old she was.
He asked her about her sexual activities, about her underwear, and sent her a video of his penis.
The girl – who lives in Lancashire – told her father about the contact, and the police were alerted.
Pub kitchen worker Parkhouse, formerly of Graig y Coed, Penclawdd, Gower, but now of The Mall, Southgate, Enfield, London, had previously pleaded guilty to inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity between August and November 2016 when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
Judge Paul Thomas QC said he believed Parkhouse had gone on to the social media site with the purpose of having sexual conversations with underage girls.
He said: “You were testing the water to see how far you could push things.”
The judge said Parkhouse was clearly an intelligent man in a settled relationship, and with much to lose, but he had deliberately gone online to sexually engage with a young girl and there was no reason to suspend any prison sentence in his case.
Giving him a one-third credit for his guilty plea, the judge sentenced Parkhouse to two years in prison.
Parkhouse will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years, and he was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.
Sex offender ‘tried to meet girl of 14’
A Co Down man banned from contacting children allegedly went online for sexual chats with a police decoy posing as a schoolgirl, the High Court heard yesterday.
Kenneth Menagh, 48, thought he was asking a 14-year-old to undress for him and to become his girlfriend, prosecutors claimed.
Menagh, of Lisburn Street in Ballynahinch, faces charges of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, attempted sexual communication and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
He was granted bail on tight conditions including a prohibition on accessing any social media or dating sites.
Menagh is currently barred from associating with anyone under the age of 16 following a conviction at Croydon Crown Court last year.
Crown lawyer Kate McKay said on that occasion he had travelled to England in a bid to meet a child.
She claimed he breached the terms of the Order on April 10 this year through online chats. “He engaged with what he believed to be a 14-year-old female child who was, in fact, an adult police decoy,” Mrs McKay told the court.
According to the prosecutor Menagh began a sexual conversation. “He asked if she was a virgin before introducing himself as Kenny.”
Lord Justice Treacy heard the defendant told the decoy he wanted to be her first meeting, and for her to become his girlfriend for real.
At one stage he accused her of being a paedophile hunter, but then continued with the exchanges.
It was claimed he requested photographs and expressed a desire to see her undress. Opposing bail, Mrs McKay contended that the potential risk he poses cannot be properly managed.
Despite expressing concern over the alleged offences, Lord Justice Treacy granted bail based on the time Menagh has spent behind bars.
Markyate paedophile jailed for forcing teenage girls to watch sexual act
A paedophile from Markyate has been jailed for 26 months after forcing two teenage girls to watch a sexual act.
Adrian Hayward, 48, was serving a community order sentence for possessing indecent images of children when he contacted a 13-year-old girl from Leicester over the internet.
The girl received a notification from someone using the profile ‘Jamie M’. The girl, who was also with a 16-year-old girl, thought it was a school friend and replied ‘Hi’.
Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew told St Albans Crown Court: “The defendant called through and the 13-year-old girl answered. They could see the defendant masturbating. He asked her to reveal her breasts and she ended the call.”
The court heard that the girl blocked Hayward from sending her messages, but he made 10 attempts to contact her. He asked for pictures of her and sent her a photograph of his penis.
The 16-year-old girl told the 13-year-old’s mother what had happened. She contacted the police and Hayward was traced through the IP address he used.
He was arrested and police recovered a Motorola phone which Hayward should have registered with police as part of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that was made when he appeared in court for possessing the indecent images.
Hayward, of High Street, Markyate, appeared for sentencing on Friday, July 27 having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing a child to watch a sexual act and breaching the Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He had four previous convictions for exposure, indecent assault and having indecent images, going back to 1991.
Judge Graham Arran said “He has been on a course that has had no effect whatsoever”, and told Hayward: “You undertook the programme, but that has made absolutely no difference.”
Hayward was jailed for 22 months for causing a child to watch a sexual act, with a further four months for breaching his order.
Pervert used social media app to chat to girl
A man tried to encourage a teenage girl to send indecent photographs of herself through a social media app, a court has heard.
Mark Smith, 44, of Heald Street, Chorley, admitted a string of eight offences during a hearing at Preston Crown Court.
They include two of attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.
The court was told between March 1 and 7 last year, Smith encouraged the girl to send a picture of herself to him via Kik messenger, and also encouraged a 14-year-old to engage in sexual conversation.
Smith also admitted six charges relating to possessing indecent images and videos of children.
The court was told when he was arrested in Chorley, 40 pictures were found on a Samsung mobile phone. Two were considered category A – the most serious in law, while three were ranked category B and 35 deemed category C.
Smith had indecent video recordings of children stored in a Dropbox folder, of which eight were category A, three category B and 32 at category C.
Judge Heather Lloyd sentenced him to 26 weeks, suspended for two years, and he must sign the Sex Offender’s register for seven years.
English dad-of-four travelled 500 miles to have sex with 14-year-old girl in Kirkcaldy hotel after grooming her online
A dad-of-four travelled 500 miles to have sex with a 14-year-old girl in a Kirkcaldy hotel after grooming her online.
The convicted sex offender, who contacted his victim on an online self harm support group, has now been caged for four and a half years.
Michael Murray, 34, travelled to meet the teenager, who “genuinely believed” he was trying to help her.
He initially pretended he was just 18 before going on to have sex with her at the hotel in Fife.
Murray was snared during a cop probe when it was also discovered he had asked another teenage girl to send him a naked photo.
It emerged he was previously convicted of indecent assault and exposure in England.
Jailing Murray, from Devon, judge Lady Stacey said: “You preyed on young girls.
“You deceived them and there was planning and preparation in the way you carried out these crimes.
“It is obvious you present a risk to young girls.”
Lady Stacey placed Murray on the sex offenders’ register and ordered him to be monitored in the community on licence for three years after he was released from jail.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that the 14-year-old began chatting to Murray online in July 2017.
Prosecutor Angela Gray said: “She started communicating with Murray via a Facebook self harm support group.
“He had previously set up a Facebook account in the name Andi Richardson.”
Murray pretended he was 18 and also sent a fake pic to the girl and the pair were in daily contact.
Miss Graysaid: “She disclosed her feelings and reasons for why she was seeking help.
“He listened to her and offered her support. She began to trust him genuinely believing that he was trying to help her.”
They started talking on the phone before the pervert instigated “sexual chat” and pestered her for photographs.
In October last year Murray then told the girl his name was Michael and he was 25.
Despite this, she still agreed to see Murray when he suggested they meet up.
He travelled to Kirkcaldy on November 3 and on the train journey a passenger “became alarmed about a video call he was making to the girl and alerted the British Transport Police who quizzed Murray.
He told them he was on his way to visit his daughter in Scotland and was allowed to continue his journey.”
He met his victim that afternoon and they checked into a hotel where Murray had sex with the youngster.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went to the cops who recovered a string of sexually explicit messages between the pair.
Murray was also in touch with another 14 year-old girl online.
He asked her for a nude picture claiming he would send one in return
Murray pled guilty to having unlawful sex with the 14-year-old and sending sexual images and texts to her.
He also admitted sending a sexual image to the other teenager and invited her to send sexual images to him.
The offences were committed in Fife between July and November 2017.
‘Predator’ (36) had sex with girls after posing as teenage boy on site
A 36-year-old man posed as a 16-year-old boy on a social network site in order to contact three teenage girls for sex.
Jerry Sheahan (38), of Clare Hall Village, Malahide Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty to charges of having sexual intercourse with the girls in three different counties, including Dublin, on dates between March and July 2011 when the girls were aged 15 and 16.
Described by the judge as a “predator”, Sheahan had used a similar ruse to make his first contact with the victims.
Prosecuting Counsel Carl Hanahoe said Sheahan – who was 36 at the time – set up a profile in the under-18 section of Tagged.com in 2011. Sheahan – an area manager with Centra – posed as Conor W and listed his age as 16. He included a photograph of a teenage boy as part of his profile.
He then contacted his victims who also had profiles on the website and asked them to text him, Det Garda Ray Andrews told Trim Circuit Court.
When they did, he would text back asking who they were and their age. He would also say his name was Jerry, that he was not on Tagged.com and that he was 36.
Sheahan used texting to build up contact with the girls before arranging to meet them. He would meet them on several occasions and build up a relationship with them which led to them having sexual intercourse in remote areas in the country or disused factory sites where he took them in his car, the court heard.
Sheahan had promised one of the girls a job when they first met and then drove her to a quiet location where she was asked to perform oral sex before they had intercourse. An hour later he met her again and drove her to a remote area where they had intercourse again.
Sheahan’s offending came to light when a friend of one of the victims alerted the girl’s mother and the gardai were contacted. When Sheahan was first interviewed by gardai he admitted knowing the girl but denied having sexual intercourse with her.
He contacted the gardai 10 days later and admitted having intercourse with the under-17-year-old twice and also told gardai about the other two victims.
One of the victims told gardai she had had been 15 going on 16 at the time and felt weak and vulnerable. She had felt uncomfortable about having intercourse but did not want to upset Sheahan. She added that her relationship with her parents had now changed, as they no longer trusted her.
A second victim said she felt he had taken advantage of her and added that the trust between herself and her parents was gone because of what had happened.
The third victim said she had gone off the rails and had been drinking heavily for several months after meeting Sheahan.
A defence barrister said her client – who had a degree in music and philosophy and worked as an area manager with Centra – accepted that what he did was wrong and had undergone 230 hours of group psychotherapy.
“There is an aspect to him that is very ordinary yet clearly there is another aspect that has caused so much damage to others – the girls and his own family and friends,” the lawyer said.
Judge Michael O Shea said Sheahan had acted as a predator for the sole purpose of having sexual intercourse. He said the effects on the girls, who had been very young and vulnerable, had been extremely serious.
The judge described the crimes as the “disgusting sexual violation and abuse of the three girls”.
Judge O Shea said it was not a case for concurrent sentences, as the victims had been individually selected.
The judge imposed three consecutive sentences of two years each.
Judge O Shea also refused a defence application to consider suspending part of the sentence.
Police warn about Live.Me app after cyber sex beast groomed ‘countless children’ online
This is the moment police caught up with a cyber sex beast who could have abused children all over the world, without even leaving his home.
Posing as a teenage boy online, pervert pensioner Michael Coulter was able to contact countless young victims from his Newcastle flat, where he used his Ipad to record indecent images of children being abused, from a live-streaming site.
But now thanks to the actions of one worried North East mum, who contacted police when she found messages from Coulter on her daughter’s phone, the fiend is beginning a long jail sentence.
Chronicle Live was given exclusive behind the scenes access to the work of Northumbria Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), on the morning Coulter was arrested.
And now detectives have lifted the lid on how the pervert pensioner was snared as they reveal that work is still going on to trace Coulter’s potential victims, around the globe.
To his neighbours in Kenton, Coulter would have appeared to be a harmless, unassuming pensioner.
But behind closed doors he was spending around five hours a day on the live-streaming app, LiveMe, which is popular with teenagers, where he would type out sexual demands while posing as a teenage boy called ‘Geordie Mike’ to dupe vulnerable underage girls, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Over a period of almost 14 years he amassed a mountain of filthy child abuse images. And after police seized his computers and devices tests revealed his hard drives were bulging with over 10,000 pictures and videos.
Coulter amassed 1,500 contacts, mainly young girls, on the app, prosecutor Jolyon Perks explained.
He spent £50-a-month on ‘diamonds’, a crypto-currency used on Live.me which he gifted to get his profile to the top of streams.
Once there, he made filthy demands – including one in which he told two young girls “I want more booby”, the court was told.
He was the “principal contributor of diamonds” in another stream in which dozens of perverts watched as a girl, thought to be aged around nine, was sexually assaulted.
And in another encounter, he tricked a 17-year-old girl to shower for him.
Mr Perks said: “She addresses the defendant as if she believes she’s speaking to a young male.”
Coulter would then move the chats off the app, bombarding some of his contacts with smutty Instagram messages.
He told one girl: “I wish you were a little bit older…I would love to snog your face off.”
And the court heard there was an element of grooming, with the sex offender sending gifts – including toys – to some girls’ homes.
He also trawled grubby forums, exchanging images with other paedophiles – even buying some for $15 from a pervert he met via Skype.
When officers swopped on his Rosslyn Avenue home one morning last October, they found him watching a Live.me stream on his IPad, Judge Robert Spragg was told.
But police would never have uncovered Coulter’s vile crimes had they not been alerted to his behaviour by a mum in County Durham who contacted police when she found What’s App messages from a teenager on her teenage daughter’s phone.
Local officers traced the phone number to Newcastle and the case was handed over to Northumbria POLIT officers.
Detectives traced Coulter and immediately began looking into his background, assessing whether he had access to any children who may be at immediate risk.
Despite discovering that he lived alone officers decided that the fact that he had been in contact with a young girl was enough to make him a potential danger and arrested him in a low key early morning swoop. When officers arrived he had LiveMe open on his Ipad and a large stash of devices in his home, which were seized.
Plain-clothed officers walked the heavily-built bearded paedophile into Forth Banks Police Station in Newcastle.
Coulter remained calm as charges were put to him and he was booked into custody for questioning.
Coulter pleaded guilty to nine counts including, distributing indecent photographs of a child, making indecent photographs, taking indecent photographs, and four charges of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, at Newcastle Crown Court.
He was last week jailed for eight years after Judge Spragg branded him: “every parents worst nightmare.”
Coulter’s eight year sentence features an additional five years on extension, he’s also subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Judge Spragg said: “This kind of online activity is every parents worst nightmare. You will only be released if the parole board decide it is safe to do so.”
Coventry paedophile who made social media accounts to groom children jailed for 15 years
A paedophile from Coventry who hijacked a teenage boy’s social media profile and used it to groom children has been jailed for 15 years.
The sentencing follows a West Midlands Police investigation that led detectives to uncover victims as far afield as the United States.
Coventry man Benjamin Reynolds posed as a girl on an internet chat site to trick a 14-year-old boy into sending him indecent images.
Police say the 30-year-old created fake Skype profiles using the boy’s bio, plus photos ripped from his Facebook and Instagram accounts, and used them to trick girls aged from 12 to 16-years-old into believing they were messaging a teenage boy.
Manipulative Reynolds − who in one message to a victim admitted “I get off on the power” − persuaded the children to send him indecent images and perform sex acts in front of webcams.
It’s understood he got away with abusing children online for almost a decade − keeping victims quiet with threats to share intimate images among their friends and family − until a 16-year-old girl reported to US police she’d been groomed.
An email address linked to a fake Skype profile was traced to Grangemouth Road in the Radford area of Coventry and on May 5 2016 officers from West Midlands Police’s Online Child Sexual Exploitation Team raided the address.
Unemployed Reynolds was arrested and computer and media storage devices seized from his bedroom.
Forensic examination of the hardware revealed more than 23,000 indecent images of children and more than 300 videos dating between December 2007 and May 3 2016.
Some of the files included distressing images and videos of young children being abused.
And investigators also found notes he’d written to himself including one that read: “Relax, you are never going to meet her you are never going to date her, if she knew who you were she would never be interested in you.”
In police interview, Reynolds admitted possessing indecent images
And at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday (July 5) he was jailed for 15 years having admitted three charges of making indecent images of children, five of inciting children to engage in sexual activity, one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, plus four counts of blackmail.
Aberdeen sex offender told woman: ‘I like being a paedo’
An Aberdeen paedophile who repeatedly sent obscene messages to a woman on Facebook and Instagram has been told to do 125 hours of unpaid work.
Brian Hay, 34, contacted the woman using Facebook Messenger on September 16 – but the messages were unwanted.
And the woman realised it was the same man who had contacted her on Instagram requesting nude images.
In one of the sexually graphic messages Hay sent, he told the woman: “I like being a paedo.”
When Hay began referring to himself as a paedophile, the woman ceased contact with him and police were contacted.
At a court hearing last December, Hay admitted repeatedly sending the woman messages of a sexual nature for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification or humiliating, distressing or alarming the woman.
Hay also admitted failing to inform the police of his social media aliases between July 5 2018 and November 12 2018.
At a sentencing hearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday, Hay, whose address was given as Moir Crescent, Aberdeen, was told to abide by the terms of a six-month community payback order, which includes the unpaid work.
He has previous convictions for sex offences including possessing and creating indecent images of children.
Aberdeen man told woman: ‘I like being a paedo’
An Aberdeen sex offender sent a woman a string of obscene messages and told her “I like being a paedo”.
Brian Hay made the disturbing claim during a vile conversation with the woman over Facebook Messenger.
She confronted Hay after receiving a message on Instagram requesting nude images – which she suspected was from him.
Fiscal depute Anna Chisholm told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “On September 16 the woman contacted the accused on Facebook Messenger.
“She suspected the accused had been using an Instagram account not obviously in his name that had been messaging her requesting nude pictures.
“The accused denied this via Facebook Messenger and they continued to speak to each other.”
However Hay then sent a number of sexually graphic messages which included telling the woman “I like being a paedo”.
When Hay began referring to himself as a paedophile the woman “immediately ceased contact with him” and police were contacted.
Hay, of Moir Crescent, Aberdeen, pled guilty to repeatedly sending the woman messages of a sexual nature without her consent.
The 34-year-old, who has previous convictions for sex offences including possessing and creating indecent images of children, also admitted failing to notify police of aliases used on social media.
Sheriff Philip Mann deferred sentence until next month for reports.
Aberdeen man who talked of desire to rape underage girl faces jail
An Aberdeen man who talked about wanting to rape an underage girl in an online forum is facing a jail sentence.
Brian Hay’s home on Moir Crescent was raided by the police in September last year after officers received intelligence that indecent images of youngsters had been shared on a Twitter account from that location.
Hay, who lives at home with his parents, admitted to the police that he was in possession of the images when they turned up at the house.
Officers also discovered he had been in a forum on the Kik app where he had shared images and messages with other users.
During an appearance at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday, a sheriff told him the messages were “some of the vilest content” he had ever seen.
Hay, 33, confessed to possession and creation of indecent images of children between March 2015 and September last year.
He also admitted to distributing indecent images of children between October 2016 and June 2017.
Fiscal depute Alan Townsend told the court the officers who raided Hay’s home had recovered an iPhone, tablet and desktop computer.
On the iPhone and Tablet were category A images – the most serious showing the rape or torture of children
They included horrific images of girls aged between five and 15 engaged in sexual activity with adults.
Mr Townsend said: “Police officers read through messages found on the Kik application used by Mr Hay.
“In them, the accused talked about how he would like to rape a nine-year-old.”
Representing Hay, defence agent Bob Anderson called for reports to be obtained ahead of a sentence.
He said his client had admitted there was a difficulty which needed to be addressed.
Sheriff Jack Brown asked Mr Anderson: “I have had the misfortune to read the Kik messages and they contain some of the vilest content I have ever seen. I wonder if there is any underlying psychological issue?”
He replied: “It may be thrown up by the report.”
Sheriff Brown warned Hay that a “significant custodial sentence” was something he was considering.
Hay will return to court next month.
Paedophile ex-Kent Police IT worker
A former Kent Police IT worker has been locked up for five years after carrying out perverted online chats with girls as young as 12.
Darren Scott, 50, set up an online videoing messaging account under the name of ‘’ to get in contact with children.
Under this false name Scott would strike up conversations and ask girls what they were wearing, before asking to see them on camera.
Officers carried out a warrant at his home address in Chestnut Lane in Kingsnorth on February 17 2016 where they seized several computers, iPads and phones.
They found several conversations with young girls, with Scott asking them to send him pictures and other conversations of a sexual nature.
Officers found a number of indecent images of girls.
Documents on how to completely erase an iPad or iPhone was also found on his works computer.
He was subsequently charged with three counts of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, four counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and four counts of making indecent photographs of child.
During the trial at Maidstone Crown Court Scott, who was suspended from his job at Kent Police, denied the offences, but was found guilty yesterday
Paedophile pretended to be 15-year-old boy
A 25-year-old man pretended to be a 15-year-old boy online to get a teenager to perform sexual acts for him, a court has heard.
Sean Morgan had also been searching social media and downloading pictures of teens, many in school uniform
Swansea Crown Court heard how police raided Morgan’s house in Carmarthen in February this year following information received from the National Crime Agency that somebody at his address was accessing indecent images.
Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said officers seized his laptop computers and mobile phone, and on the devices found more than 2,000 indecent images and videos.
Morgan was released on bail, and investigators then began to delve deeper into his iPhone – on the phone they found evidence of conversations with a teenager where he was posing as a 15-year-old boy called “Connor”.
During the “highly sexual” exchanges, which lasted for a number of months, he asked the boy to perform sex acts on himself and send him the videos, and he sent him pictures of his genitals.
The prosecutor said Dyfed-Powys Police used subscriber information to find the person he had been communicating with.
Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed it was a 15-year-old schoolboy from their patch.
The court heard many of the conversations between Morgan and the West Country boy had happened while the defendant was on bail for the indecent images matter.
Also on the phone were 31 albums – each with the name of a male – containing non-indecent images of teenage boys.
Miss Powell said these images – many of children in school uniforms – seemed to have been copied from social media without the knowledge of those in the pictures.
A victim impact statement from the boy in the West Country said he felt “embarrassed and humiliated” after what the person he knew as Connor had persuaded him to do, adding: “I have learned a real lesson in trusting people.”
Morgan, of Blue Street, Carmarthen, pleaded guilty to two counts of inciting a child aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
He had previously pleaded to causing or inciting child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to watch a sexual act, engaging in sexual communications with a child, and four counts of making indecent images at magistrates court.
Judge Peter Heywood told Morgan that the images he had collected were not just photographs but real boys being exploited for financial gain because people like him provided a ready market for such material.
He told the defendant he clearly had an “unhealthy interest” in young teenage boys, and there had been elements of grooming in his conversations with the 15-year-old.
For each of the inciting charges on the indictment Morgan was sentenced to two years in prison, for the inciting charges from magistrates court to 16 months, for the causing a child to watch a sexual act to 12 months, for the engaging in sexual communication charge 12 months, and for each of the four indecent images charges to six months – all the sentences will run concurrently with one another, making a total sentence of two years.
Morgan will serve half that period in custody before being released on licence.
He will also be on the sex offenders register for 10 years, and was made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order to control his access to the internet.
Pervert who tried to lure 13-year-old for sex got a shock