November 2017

Jailed: Online gamer who got young boys to spank each other on Skype

AN ONLINE gamer who got an 11-year-old lad to carry out a sex act on himself while he watched on Skype has been jailed for five years.

Robert Mulhern also got the lad’s 13-year-old brother to spank the schoolboy’s naked bottom for him, again while he watched online.

The 24-year-old was just a few months into a suspended sentence for similar offences when he started contacting youngsters via XBox gaming.

Now Mulhern has been told he will not be allowed to apply for parole until he has served two thirds of the sentence and will be on licence for two extra years.

Nick Cotter, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how the sex pest was banned from contacting youngsters as a result of the sentence imposed in October last year.

But in May this year Mulhern went online and invited a 13-year-old boy in Bury, Lancashire, to join his gaming clan.

He got the lad to recruit his little brother and after sending them both cash, partly so the younger lad could buy a new tablet, he told them to perform an initiation.

After ensuring they installed Skype he made them smack each other’s naked backsides while he watched and got them to send pictures of their private parts.

And he then told the 11-year-old to carry out a sex act on himself while he watched and talked him through what he was doing.

As well as repeatedly telling the lads not to tell their mum he said he would like to meet up with them so they could go to the movies and have something to eat.

He also sent similar messages to another 13-year-old boy, a friend recruited by the older brother, but he was concerned and told his parents.

Having been tracked down through his bank details the defendant was arrested and when questioned told police he was not doing it for sexual reasons.

Mulhern, of Twickenham Close, admitted two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and four of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Last year he was spared jail for getting underage boys to smack their bums for him online as punishments in his gaming group.

After he had been arrested and questioned he continue to contact victims via a fake female online persona he had created.

As well as jailing him Judge Robert Pawson also ordered he register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

He said: “You groomed carefully your victim. There is the aggravating feature that there is you telling your victims not to report matters and getting them to censor you tracks.

“It seems to me your offences were carefully planned and calculated.

“I have to consider dangerousness: whether you pose a significant risk of serious harm.

“I have a probation report and that report in summary says that you blame in part the death of your father.

“But in any view putting that to on side you put yourself in power and control of children by the hierarchical nature of the group.

“You exhibit a high level of victim blaming, you target young boys. You sought to manipulate others to allow yourself to continue offending.

“It is a concern you continued to offend despite being stopped twice by the police.

“You were obstructive and abusive to professionals: the likelihood of reoffending is high. The pre-sentence report says you pose a high risk of serious harm to children.”

September 2017

Jail warning to online sex pest who breached suspended sentence

AN ONLINE sex pest who got young boys to carry out indecent acts on themselves over the internet has been told he could be facing a lengthy jail term.

Robert Mulhern walked out of court in October last year after a judge put him on a suspended sentence for preying on boys playing games such as Call Of Duty.

But within months the 24-year-old was back at his computer coercing two boys, aged 11 and 13, to commit sex acts.

And he was also going on to the dark web in breach of the conditions of an order which banned him from even having a computer capable of accessing the internet.

Now he has been remanded in custody so a further psychiatric assessment can be made on him.

Mulhern, of Twickenham Close, admitted two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He accepted that between May 1 and July 28 this year he got the two boys to carry out sex acts.

The defendant also admitted four counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order between February 1 and July 28.

When the order was made in October it had a number of conditions designed to prevent him re-offending, but he breached in four ways.

He had a computer capable of accessing the internet, accessed the dark web, used online gaming software and had unsupervised contact with a child under 16.

Peter Binder, defending, said when his client was put on a two- year suspended sentence last year a psychiatric assessment found he had an emotionally unstable personality disorder because of his childhood.

He said earlier this year Mulhern’s father died and he found the body in the flat they shared, which was a trigger for his re-offending.

He said the latest matters took place before the earlier order could get under way as his mental health had to be stabilised before it could take hold.

After Mulhern’s anxiety spun out of control Mr Binder said he was back online and setting up a game group, or clan, and offended in an almost identical way.

“Then drugs became an issued again, everything went wrong, and he went back to what he was doing before he appeared at this court,” Mr Binder said.

He said since Mulhern was remanded in custody he had self harmed and had spent much of the time on the hospital wing.

Judge Robert Pawson adjourned the case to Friday, October 13, and remanded him in custody until then.

He said: “I say this Mr Mulhern, I am not saying it to frighten you, I am saying it because it would not be fair on you not to say it: There is every prospect of the suspended sentence being activated and that there being a further sentence on top.”

It was only in October that Mulhern was spared jail after he admitted grooming four boys, aged 11 and 12, online.

After contacting them for his online game group he got the lads to smack themselves on the bottom while he watched over Skype.

And after the police spoke to him about the first offences he then pretended to be a 12-year-old girl by creating a fictitious account.

October 2016

Online pervert pretended to be 12-year-old girl

AN ONLINE gamer who got young boys to smack themselves on the bottom while he watched over Skype has been spared an immediate jail term.

Robert Mulhern groomed the boys, aged 11 or 12, after getting them to join his group playing games like Call of Duty on the internet.

After police spoke to him about the first offences the 23-year-old then pretended to be a 12-year-old girl by creating a fictitious account.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how the offending started in 2013 with Xbox and PlayStation online gaming.

She said he created internet groups for fellow players and created rules for the younger lads to comply with.

He told them they had to keep their bedrooms tidy and bath regularly, ordering them to send him pictures of themselves in towels to prove it.

“Should they not comply with the rules they had to smack themselves, stand in the corner or put soap, or a soapy flannel, in their mouths,” she said.

The first two lads were contacted on Facebook Messenger and Skype and encouraged to smack themselves while wearing pants as he watched.

He was questioned by police at the time, she said, but told them someone else was running the group with him and he did not contact the younger boys.

She said two years later he had created a profile for 12-year-old Holly Clems which he used to contact more boys in the group.

He asked them to carry out similar acts and also tried to get one lad to show his genitals, which he refused to do.

He also suggested they could meet up with him and he would buy them expensive items, though that never took place he did pay one boy £10.

Mulhern, of Twickenham Close, admitted four counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He asked for two similar matters, which took place in August this year when he was on bail, to be taken into consideration.

Passing sentence, Judge Sir John Royce said: “It is a highly unusual case. The psychiatric report make very sad reading as does the presentence report, but in particular the psychiatric report.

The judge imposed a two-year jail term, suspended for two years, with 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

He also told he must register as a sex offender for ten years and abide by a sexual harm prevention, restricting his liberty, order for life.

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