April 2018

Pervert jailed for sex chat with fake ’14-year-old girl’

A paedophile is back behind bars after he was caught trying to get a 14-year-old to carry out a sex act over Skype.

Gary Palmer sent a vile picture of himself as he tried to encourage the youngster to carry out a sex act on herself for his own gratification.

But in reality the 37-year-old was corresponding with a police officer who was patrolling internet chat rooms under the guise of a teenage girl.

Palmer was deemed a risk of future offending and banned from online chat rooms as part of a sentence imposed in 2009 at Salisbury.

But in February this year an officer using the name Phoebe was online when the defendant started a highly sexualised conversation.

“The law enforcement officer made it clear that he or she was a 14-year-old child several times throughout the conversation,” Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court.

“But the chat very quickly descended to the most lurid tones and terms. I don’t need to read them out: they are singularly boring but equally obscene.”

He said Palmer tried to get what he thought was a schoolgirl to carry out sex acts on herself while he sent her vile images of himself and also of bestiality.

As a result of what the officer saw they were able to track down the defendant’s computer and colleagues went to his home and arrested him.

He was found to have two mobile phones, one of which confirmed the contact he had made with the officer, and when he was questioned he admitted what he had done.

Palmer, formerly of Hazel Close, Salisbury, but now of Sparrow Street, Trowbridge, admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing extreme pornography.

The court was told that he was jailed for five years, with a three year extended licence, at Salisbury Crown Court in 2009.

On that occasion he had contacted girls under 13 online and persuaded them to undress and carry out sex acts on themselves while he watched on a webcam.

He also distributed indecent photographs of children and was found with more than 800 images of child abuse.

He was released from the jail term in 2011 but after breaching his licence was returned to prison getting out in 2015.

Nicola Talbot-Hadley, defending, said that her client was sorry for what he had done and was aware he needed help for his issues.

As a result of being remanded in custody she said he had lost his job and flat for what was a single lapse.

Jailing him Judge Jason Taylor QC said “You said to probation that you are attracted to girls over the age of 11. You are a high risk of committing further sexual offences.

“The girl was an undercover police officer patrolling the chat room. Had she not been patrolling the web sit that might have been a real 14-year-old girl.”

He sentenced him to 18 months with a three year extended licence meaning he will serve two thirds of the custodial period.

August 2009

Paedophile jailed for five years

A paedophile who groomed young girls online before persuading them to perform sex acts in front of a webcam was jailed for five years by a judge sitting at Salisbury Crown Court 

Gary Palmer, 28, of Hazel Close, Salisbury, who met his victims through Internet chat rooms, was also found in possession of 513 pornographic photographs of children and 355 movies between levels one to four, with level 5 being the most serious type of image.

He was jailed for five years and will be on licence for a further three years.

Palmer will also remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life, was made subject to a 10-year sexual offences prevention order and was barred from having contact with anyone under 18 on his own.