JAILED: Porn ring pensioner ordered Filipino children to perform sex acts
A perverted pensioner has been jailed for ordering children as young as four in the Philippines to engage in vile sexual acts while he watched online.
Brian Lewis, of Forest Road, Colchester, paid to watch the footage after making his demands on a chatroom in exchange for cash.
Some of the most sickening of Lewis’ requests were encouraging children to expose themselves, and even asking a women to perform a sex act on someone she claimed was her son.
The 70-year-old was jailed for four years when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday after admitting eight counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of a sexual offence.
He was also admitted two counts of possessing child pornography.
Sentencing Lewis, judge John Devaux said: “This was commercial exploitation in the sense you paid money, and made orders in an attempt to see them perform.
“On the face of it, you ordered for parents to abuse their own children, even though we cannot be sure their relationship was genuine.
“You took advantage of the impoverished situation of these people.”
Richard Wood, mitigating for Lewis, said he was of previous good character and said loneliness was a factor in him turning to the depraved videos.
He said: “He knows the gravity of the situation and realises the crimes do have a victim at the other end.
“He is a man who has not been in a relationship since 1991.
“For many years he has been a lonely man and has not always been on the best terms with his family and it has taken its toll.
“Ironically, he was encouraged to buy a computer by his family so he could contact them on Facebook.
“These commercial companies have a very aggressive marketing strategy where they come in with adult porn and then drip feed their customers with images of children.
“He recognises he should have known better.”
As well as his jail term, Lewis will have to pay £1,500 court costs.
He is now on the sex offenders register indefinitely and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
The laptop where the evidence was discovered in May will be destroyed.
Colchester man avoids jail at Ipswich Crown Court over ‘lack of prison officers’
A 70-year-old man who has been warned he is facing a jail term for sex offences relating to children has had his sentencing hearing adjourned because of industrial action by prison guards.
Brian Lewis, of Forest Road, Colchester, was due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday afternoon, but was told the hearing could not go ahead because of the unavailability of prison transport and reception facilities for new prisoners.
Judge David Goodin adjourned the case until next week and apologised to Lewis for the delay.
He described the offences Lewis had admitted as “serious” and told him he should expect a prison sentence.
He said there was an option for prisoners to be accommodated at police investigation centres overnight because of the industrial action, but he did not think it was appropriate in this particular case for a number of reasons, including Lewis’s age.
Lewis has admitted two offences of making indecent images of children in May 2015 and eight offences of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence between March 3 and March 19 last year.
The indecent images, which were found on a laptop computer, include 48 in the most serious level A category, 19 at level B and 92 in the lowest C category.