December 2018

Exeter sex offender caught by paedophile hunters

A sex offender who tried to chat up a 15-year-old girl online has been jailed after being trapped by a group of paedophile hunters.

Joel Morter sent sexualised messages and photos of his private parts to the decoy, whose profile had been put into a chat room by a paedo hunter group.

Morter was already on the sex offenders register because he was jailed in 2015 for distributing horrific child abuse images which he had downloaded from the dark web.

He was already being investigated by the police for having more indecent images and movies on his laptop when he was trapped by the paedophile hunting group from Portsmouth.

He was also banned from having any online contact with anyone under 16 by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) imposed in 2015.

Members of Protect Pompey’s Innocent travelled to Exeter to confront him before handing him over to the police with a dossier of web logs, chats and images.

Morter, aged 29, of Chamberlain Road, Exeter, who was living in Westfield, Exminster at the time of his previous offences, admitted breach of a SHPO and two counts of possession indecent images of children.

He was jailed for ten months by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court, who said the search terms which police found on his laptop were ‘disturbing’.

He told Morter:”You started chatting with what you thought was a young girl on the internet.

“In fact, she was a decoy, so happily, despite the fact you were sending messages with considerable sexual content, which invited her to do various things, no harm was done.

“If you breach this order again, you can expect a sentence measured in years rather than months.”

Mr William Hunter, prosecuting, said the images were found during a routine police inspection of Morter’s computer in May this year.

There were three movies and three images and one of the movies showed a boy of about of ten masturbating. Police also found evidence of him searching for child images and trying to contact under age girls.

On October 14 he contacted a decoy profile called Millie which had been set up by Protect Pompey’s Innocent.

He took part in sexualised chat and sent a picture of his penis to her.

October 2018

Convicted paedophile remanded in prison for grooming girl

A convicted paedophile has been remanded to prison after he was caught in a paedophile hunting team sting

The UK database assisted team ‘Protecting Pompeys Innocence’ for a sting in Exeter on convicted paedophile Joel Morter

Morter of Exeter had been released from a prison sentence and went back online to look for young girls to groom for sex.

He contacted a decoy from protecting pompeys innocence and sent a string of sexual messages.

He gave his address as he wanted the ‘girl’ to send him soiled knickers through the post.

As we approached him in his car, he confirmed his name, but accelerated at speed with me clinging to the car. He dragged me about 20 yds up the road before I managed to break free.

He also swerved at two female members of the team. I ended up with multiple bruises, cuts and grazes.

As we gave our evidence to armed police, Morter climbed over a garden fence so he could hide his laptop inside the house. He then opened the front door and was swiftly arrested.

Morter appeared in court yesterday and was instantly remanded.

We found Morter living in a shared house. No other occupant had any idea of his conviction.

October 2015

Exeter Dark web user jailed for luring girls online

Joel Morter

An internet predator has been jailed for exchanging images of child rape on the dark web and luring under-age girls into stripping off on webcam.

Joel Morter had hundreds of movies on his computer showing the most serious types of abuse of children as well as chat logs in which he made contact with young girls all over the world.

The 25-year-old computer nerd was caught red handed by police reading child abuse stories online when police raided his home.

Checks on his equipment showed he 274 movies of child abuse which were categorised at the most extreme level and some of which he was sharing over the dark web.

His laptop and iPhone showed he was also seeking out girls as young as ten in chat rooms and trying to get them to send sexual images. He told a 14-year-old “Age does not matter. I like young girls and you are gorgeous.”

Morter, of Westfield, Exminster, and previously of Cathedral Close, Exeter, admitted seven counts of making, and five of distributing indecent images, and two of attempting to incite children to watch or be involved child pornography.

He was jailed for 30 months by Judge Erik Salomonsen, who ordered him to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life and made him subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will allow the police to monitor his internet use.

He told him:”I has been said on your behalf that your crimes did not involve physical contact with children and were carried out over the internet.

“It is a fact of modern life that many children access the internet and are exposed to the activities of other individuals much older than themselves who seek to contact them for their own sexual pleasure.

“This may not involve physical contact but you were in touch and wished to be in touch with real children and it is not too extreme to use the word corruption.

“The totality of your offending, particularly the extensive distribution and your activities or attempted activities with children must be met by immediate custody.”

Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said Morter was identified by police in America after images of serious abuse were intercepted and his home in Exeter was raided in May last year.

He was found in his bedroom reading a child abuse story on the internet. A total of 919 movies or images were found including more than 250 movies showing child rape or other very serious abuse.

Chat logs were found which showed contact with 24 children, the youngest being ten. Some had been sent an image purporting to be his private parts without warning. He also used aliases to conceal his true identity.

Miss Bolt said:”He also sought or received images from people purporting to be children and analysis of his history showed he had been using the so called dark web.”

September 2015

Exminster man admits webcam abuse of girls

A computer user has admitted enticing girls aged 14 and 15 to strip off on webcams and recording images of their naked bodies.

Joel Morter was warned he faces an immediate jail sentence after he admitted 14 charges of inciting, making and distributing indecent images.

The 25-year-old was caught with more than 100 movies showing very serious child abuse and chat logs showed him encouraging teenaged girls to commit sexual acts on webcm.

He knew the girls’ ages and told a 14-year-old “Age does not matter. I like young girls and you are gorgeous.”

Morter, of Westfield, Exminster, admitted seven counts of making a total of more than 400 indecent images including 133 movies and 17 images at category A, which shows child rape or other serious abuse.

He admitted five counts of distributing indecent images and two of attempting to incite children to watch or be involved with creating images on 22 separate occasions.

One of the charges alleges he incited another man to distribute images on 28 separate occasions.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, adjourned the case for a pre sentence report but said:”These are very serious charges and the defendant almost inevitable faces immediate custody, perhaps it would be better to say he does.”

Mr David Bowen, prosecuting, said the case arose from the examination of Morter’s computer equipment which showed online contact with a number of girls aged 14or 15.

One message said:”So, okay, you are only 14. Age does not matter to me. I like young girls and you are gorgeous.”