October 2016

Pervert posed as ‘Mr Grey’ to groom schoogirls online over Skype


A sex offender calling himself ‘Mr Grey’ claimed he groomed a string of underage girls online due to insomnia and extreme boredom.

Colin Murphy, 32, chatted with seven girls on Skype, dubbing himself Mr Grey – a possible reference to the titular character in the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Under the username ‘Big Col’, he suggested sexual acts to schoolgirls aged 13 to 15 knowing their ages, Teesside Crown Court heard today.

He told one girl he wanted a sexual relationship with her and invited her to his home to watch a film and “get to know each other better”, said prosecutor Tamara Pawson.

She went to his Hartlepool home where they drank and smoked but no sexual activity took place.

He suggested another girl take part in a sex act over a webcam, refusing to tell her his age and sending images of famous actors as him.

He asked the two girls for naked pictures, which they refused to send.

He asked a third girl whether she wanted to date older men and made a graphic suggestion to her.

He said he would send her money and wanted take her shopping then to a hotel for sex.

Further recorded conversations revealed similar sexual suggestions to four other girls.

He told one 13-year-old “you look older than 13, I’d deffo date you” and trying to arrange to meet another.

And he suggested sexual activity with a young boy to a young woman.

A report from a website led police to Murphy’s door in 2013. On his arrest he stated: “Yeah that was me.”

Murphy, later of The Crescent, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, admitted a 14 offences between June and August 2013.

They were inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to do so, inciting child sex exploitation, arranging or facilitating a sex offence and attempting to do so, meeting a child following sexual grooming and possessing 58 images of extreme pornography.

These were his first sex crimes in a record of 56 offences.

Robert Mochrie, defending, said Murphy claimed he “fell into an ad hoc sleeping pattern” after a relationship breakdown, leading to insomnia and “extreme boredom”.

He said: “Of course one does not expect a person to go on to behave in this manner because they’re bored.

“There are a raft of other activities that a person can take up.

“But nevertheless this is how Mr Murphy describes falling into this downward spiral of internet activity.

“He was going through a difficult period in his life… which led to bizarre behaviour. He feels deep regret and shame.

“To his mind this is behaviour that he has put firmly behind him.”

He added Murphy was facing the music three years after his arrest and had not been in trouble since.

Judge Peter Armstrong jailed Murphy for three years.

Murphy was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order banning him from work or unsupervised contact with under-16s and governing his use of internet and devices.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.