November 2017

Every parents nightmare jailed

Any parent will tell you that seeing their child come to harm would be their worst nightmare

So imagine the frustration and agony when the person responsible escapes justice.

But despite their anger, they know deep down that the right approach to take is to ride it out and wait for that person to slip up.

This is exactly how one Chesterfield mum was feeling, who we cannot name for legal reasons, to protect the identity of her young daughter.

This mum’s vulnerable 13-year-old was groomed online by a Chesterfield pervert.

He was not jailed. Instead, he was given a community sentence which required him to take part in a child sexual offenders’ programme for 110 days.

But Nathan Bray, 26, formerly of St Augustine’s Crescent, went on to commit a similar offence and has now been jailed. The fork-lift driver sent sexually explicit images of himself to an undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl online.

The young girl’s mum, said: “If he had been sent down for what he did to my daughter then this might not have happened – although I think he would have still done the same.

“When I heard he had re-offended it did not shock me at all. Me and my husband both said it was only a matter of time and low and behold he has slipped up.”

Derby Crown Court heard how Bray sent messages to the covert police officer asking if she ‘would pose for him in sexy underwear’, believing the officer to be a teenage girl called ‘Mia’.

When police visited his new address in Derby, after he was forced out of his Chesterfield home following a ‘community backlash’, they discovered he had sick child abuse images and had also been distributing them.

The conditions of Bray’s sexual harm prevention meant that he was not allowed to have internet contact with anyone under the age of 16.

But Bray contacted ‘Mia’ and sent her messages between March and April this year and sent her explicit video clips of himself.

When police raided Bray’s address they found 18 child abuse images of the most serious A category, 21 of category B and 85 of category C. They also found evidence he had distributed eight category C images.

Last year top judges at London’s Court of Appeal refused to alter Bray’s community sentence which required him to take part in a child sexual offenders’ programme for 110 days – despite it being argued he should have been jailed for three-and-a-half years after he requested an obscene video of the 13-year-old over Facebook.

Bray also asked for a picture of the schoolgirl’s private parts and sent her one of his own. He ‘urged’ her to send him sexual footage of her and sent her a graphic pictures. He also tried to arrange a meeting with the girl for sex, telling her he would use a condom and ‘be gentle’. A psychiatrist’s report described Bray as having the ‘emotional maturity of a child’.

But the mum, whose daughter he started grooming in 2014, said this week: “I think he is very calculated and he knows what he is doing.

“I think he has played the system with the psychiatrist reports to get off with it. I think it is a common thing in society where if you act a bit daft they go a bit soft on you.

“We went through the court appeal but they thought the sentence he had been given was satisfactory and that he was not a danger but obviously he is therefore these psychiatric reports can be got around.”

She added: “I am very angry about it all. It could have been another real child and it could have ended up very differently.

“The sentence they have given him for a second offence is disgusting. It is not good enough.

“If he had got a prison sentence when he did it to my daughter then he would have got longer for a second offence. It beggars belief.

“But I am elated he has been sent down because even though it was a police decoy that got him, and even though he did not get sent down for what he did to my daughter, we are using this as sort of justice in the end.

“People need to speak out about online grooming otherwise they will get away with it.”

Bray pleaded guilty to making indecent images, distributing them, breaching a sexual harm prevention order and contacting a child with a view to engaging in sexual activity.

Jailing Bray for 28 months, Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “I take the view there is an element of grooming here and custody is inevitable in your case.

“You have admitted causing a girl you believed to be a 13-year-old girl to look at indecent images but in fact it was an undercover police officer.

“You developed sexual contact in your messages to her asking her about her underwear.

“She told you she was 13 and, knowing that, you sent her sexually explicit pictures and video clips of yourself.

“Ultimately, the police arrested you and, when they did, they found indecent images of children on your devices, some of which you shared.

“And all of this took place while you were already the subject of a court order for almost exactly the same offence.”

Bray was also handed a new 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

November 2017

Derby pervert sent sexually explicit pictures to undercover cop posing as 13-year-old girl

A fork-lift driver from Derby sent sexually explicit photographs of himself to an undercover police officer who was posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Already convicted paedophile Nathan Bray also sent messages to the covert cop asking if she “would pose for him in sexy underwear” believing her to be a teenage girl called “Mia”.

Bray is a re-offender who was also convicted last year for sexual offences against a 13-year-old girl which include:

  • Causing a child to watch a sexual act

  • Two counts of causing or inciting child sexual images 

  • Two of arranging or facilitating a child sex offence.

Derby Crown Court was told that, at the time, Bray was already the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for carrying out the exact same offence in 2014 to an actual 13-year-old girl.

And when police recovered electronic devices from his home, they found he not only possessed sick child abuse images but had also been distributing them.

Jailing the 26-year-old for 28 months, Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “I take the view there is an element of grooming here and custody is inevitable in your case.

“You have admitted causing a girl you believed to be a 13-year-old girl to look at indecent images but in fact it was an undercover police officer.

“You developed sexual contact in your messages to her asking her about her underwear.

“She told you she was 13 and, knowing that, you sent her sexually explicit pictures and video clips of yourself.

“Ultimately, the police arrested you and, when they did, they found indecent images of children on your devices, some of which you shared.

“And all of this took place while you were already the subject of a court order for almost exactly the same offence.”

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said Bray, of Bridge Street, Derby, was handed the original sexual harm prevention order in 2014 after he sent sexually explicit messages to a 13-year-old girl.

Under the order’s terms, he is not allowed to have internet contact with anyone under the age of 16.

But, between March and April of this year, he began sending messages to “Mia” believing her also to be a girl aged 13.

 

Miss Slater said: “The defendant began a conversation between himself and a female he thought was a 13-year-old girl but was actually an undercover officer deployed to detect those who have a sexual interest in children.

“Over the next three weeks, his conversation became more sexualised and he asked her if she would pose for him in sexy underwear.

“On April 10, he sent her sexually explicit video clips and images.”

Miss Slater said police raided Bray’s address and seized equipment. On it were discovered 18 moving or still images child abuse images of the most serious category A type, 21 of category B and 85 of category C.

They also found evidence he had distributed eight category C images.

Bray pleaded guilty to making indecent images, distributing them breaching a sexual harm prevention order and contacting a child with a view to engaging in sexual activity.

As well as the jail term, Judge Bennett handed Bray a fresh 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

March 2016

Facebook pervert who targeted girl, 13, walks free

nathan bray

Top judges have allowed a Chesterfield child sex pest to walk free – despite the Solicitor-General arguing his community sentence was far too soft.

Facebook pervert, Nathan Patrick Bray, 25, requested an obscene video of his vulnerable 13-year-old victim as well as sending her a picture of a soiled condom.

Robert Buckland QC, the Solicitor-General, argued Bray should have been locked up for around three and a half years for his sickening crimes.

But judges at London’s Court of Appeal refused to interfere with the community sentence which required him to take part in a child sexual offenders’ programme for 110 days.

Unemployed Bray contacted the teenage virgin on Facebook and she soon told him she was just 13, Lady Justice Rafferty told the court.

Despite this a ‘torrent of messages’ were sent between the two which soon became sexual.

Bray, of St Augustine’s Crescent, asked for a picture of the schoolgirl’s private parts and sent her one of his own.

He ‘urged’ her to send him sexual footage of her pleasuring herself and sent her the condom image.

Bray tried to arrange a meeting with the girl for sex, telling her he would use a condom and ‘be gentle’.

But his crimes came to a halt when Facebook alerted the police about the inappropriate messaging.

He admitted five offences at Derby Crown Court on January 8.

These were causing a child to watch a sexual act, two counts of causing or inciting child sexual images and two of arranging or facilitating a child sex offence.

He had three previous convictions for crimes including battery, the court heard.

A psychiatrist’s report described Bray as having the ‘emotional maturity of a child’.

Jake Hallam, for the Solicitor-General, said: “These offence were so serious that only a custodial sentence was justified.”

He pointed to the victim being particularly ‘vulnerable’ because she was ‘so young’ and mentally disabled.

A ‘message’ needed to be sent to adults who target children on social media, the barrister told the court.

Lady Justice Rafferty said it was a ‘far from easy’ sentencing exercise.

But it was ‘in the hands of an experienced judge’ who ‘rightly’ considered the ‘expertise’ offered by the psychiatrist as important.

The crown court judge was ‘heavily swayed’ by the psychiatric report and followed its recommendation to impose a community order, including the treatment programme.

He was ‘entitled’ to take the view that the interests of other young girls would be ‘best served by every attempt being made to render this offender unlikely or less likely to reoffend’.

“We decline to interfere with the sentence, which was not unduly lenient,” ruled Lady Justice Rafferty, who was sitting with Mr Justice Cooke and Judge David Griffith-Jones QC.