November 2016

Paedophile caught posing as lesbian teenager on Skype fled to Thailand

bidston

A paedophile caught posing as a lesbian teenager on Skype to make children undress later fled to Thailand.

Leslie Hall, 61, tried to start conversations with nearly 4,000 schoolgirls, pretending he was a 16 to 19-year-old.

He befriended four victims, persistently demanded they perform sex acts, and became abusive if they did not comply.

Hall, of Wilfred Owen Drive, Bidston, also downloaded nearly 2,000 indecent images of youngsters aged eight to 14.

Liverpool Crown Court heard computer engineer Adam Hill contacted police about Hall on October 9, 2014.

He was asked to repair his machine in April or May that year, but discovered it contained child abuse pictures.

Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said: “He reported that to his boss, who put pressure on Mr Hill simply to return the computer to the client, without reporting that matter to the police.”

Mr Duncan said “business interests” clearly took precedence for Propergeeks in Leasowe Road, Wallasey.

However, Mr Hill later left the company and still “troubled” went to the police.

Recorder David Turner, QC, said he was “unfortunately advised by his boss to keep quiet” but acted in the “public spirit”.

Officers raided Hall’s home on October 11 and seized his computer and digital equipment.

Chat logs showed he used four accounts to talk to his victims, none of whom could be traced.

In November 2013 he told a 13-year-old lesbian he loved her and talked her into showing him her breasts.

He refused to go on camera unless she posed naked, then revealed his penis.

The girl, who had earlier said she felt suicidal, responded: “Why lie to an innocent girl?”

In January 2014 he talked a 14-year-old girl into revealing her body. He suddenly started masturbating on camera and she was confused.

Hall contacted a bisexual 13-year-old in August 2014, who described him as a bully.

In September 2014 he accused a 13-year-old girl of being a man when she refused to strip.

Mr Duncan said: “It is somewhat ironic in the circumstances – nonetheless indicative of the defendant’s manipulative behaviour.

When she told him to “f*** off”, furious Hall replied: “Okay c***.”

He admitted four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

After police interviewed him in October 2014, Hall fled to Thailand. He returned two weeks later and surrendered his passport.

He was granted bail but disappeared in February 2015 and remained at large until September this year, when he was admitted to hospital after a suicide attempt.

Recorder Turner told Hall “you decided you would flee from justice” and spent some 18 months “on the run”.

Jailing him for two years, he said: “You were aggressive and manipulative in your dealings with these young girls.”

He made a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told Hall to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.