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Pervert on the loose in Ireland
A pervert who pestered 12-year-old girls with graphic indecent images, sent a 13-year-old nude snaps and had 7,000 indecent images of kids on his computer is on the prowl in IRELAND
Gavin Rhodes, 38, originally from the Briggate area of Leeds, moved to Ireland in 2016 after he served a sentence in England for showing the sickening images to schoolgirls on a train.
After moving to Kerry, Rhodes, who was also caught with 7,000 indecent images of kids on his computer, had been working in a number of cafes.
But the sex beast – who posed as a South African during his time here – was forced to flee Kerry this week after he was confronted about his past by angry locals.
One theory being explored by gardai, is that he could be hiding in the Co Cork area.
A source said: “Rhodes had been living under the radar for the last two years and was determined to keep his past a secret from anyone he met.
“But someone who met him there did some homework on him and soon established that he was the same person who had been convicted in the UK.
“He’s a coward who preyed on innocent children. He didn’t like being confronted and that’s why he decided to run.”
As part of his release conditions, he’s required to inform Gardai of his address.
During his trial, the court heard how the weirdo was arrested on August 30, 2013, after showing the images to kids.
After examining his phone, officers also established how he had sent sexually explicit images to a 13-year-old girl.
The sicko had used a bogus name and had also contacted kids between the ages of 12 and 16 on internet chat-rooms.
He was caged for four years for causing a child to engage in sexual activity, to run consecutively with six months for 21 offences of making indecent photographs of children.
And he was sentenced to two years for three counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, to be served concurrently with the sentence of four years and nine months for the other offences.
Sex offender showed indecent images to 12 yr old girls on Leeds train – Jailed for nearly 5 yrs
A paedophile showed indecent footage on his mobile phone to three 12-year-old girls while on a train to Leeds, police say.
Gavin Rhodes has been jailed nearly five years for sexual offences with young girls after being arrested when he got off the train at Leeds station last August.
The 34-year-old, from Briggate, Shipley, had his phone seized and a search of his house carried out, with laptops and hard drives removed by police.
British Transport Police say an examination of Rhodes’s phone revealed contact between himself and a 13-year-old girl in which “pictures of a sexual nature were exchanged”.
Analysis of his laptops brought to light more images of young girls and indecent videos, while officers also discovered evidence he had been engaging with children in internet chat rooms.
Rhodes admitted to downloading all the material and using an alias to exchange indecent images with a 13-year-old girl.
He also admitted talking to other girls between the ages of 12 and 16. In total, he was found to have more than 7,000 indecent images on his computers and hard drives.
During a hearing at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday, Rhodes was jailed for a total of four years and nine months after pleading guilty to a series of offences.
This included four years for causing a child to engage in sexual activity, six months for 21 offences of making indecent photographs of children and three months for indecent exposure.
The force said that at an earlier hearing, “the court heard that during the journey [to Leeds] Rhodes had shown three 12-year-old girls on the train mobile phone footage of an indecent nature.”
Detective Constable Lee Parsons of British Transport Police said: “This sentence represents the culmination of a complex investigation.”
“Rhodes showed a flagrant disregard for the wellbeing of the young girls he engaged with online, putting his own sexual gratification above their welfare.
“It is satisfying to know that he has been brought to account for his actions. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of all those officers involved with this case.”