January 2017

Minecraft paedophile groomed boys online

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A man who groomed young boys through the online game Minecraft has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Adam Isaac, 23, from Merthyr Tydfil, previously admitted eight sexual offences against children.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard he targeted two boys, aged 12 and 14, and asked them to send intimate photos of themselves.

Judge Richard Twomlow QC said: “This predatory behaviour is a worry and a concern to parents.”

Isaac admitted causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography, performing sexual acts in the presence of a child, encouraging a child to engage in a sexual activity and the possession of indecent photos of a child.

He committed sexual acts himself while on video calls with the boys and also possessed indecent images of an unidentified third boy.

In a statement to the court, the family of one of the victims said: “We never believed he could be manipulated in this way after we warned him about the dangers online.

“We are now so scared to allow him online. He has matured so quickly – we are fighting to stop him going down a destructive path and we are trying to get him back to being the child he was.”

A spokesman for children’s charity the NSPCC said it was “every parent’s nightmare”.

Minecraft, which has more than 100 million registered users, is a 3D game in which players build their own worlds using cubes, as well as exploring and gathering and crafting resources.

Adam Isaac and copies of Minecraft on the Xbox 360

Prosecutor Rachel Knight said: “The defendant sent money to the boys on PayPal and used the game to groom them.

“The parents of the boys did not know what was happening. In the case of the 12 year old he was playing the game at night while his parents were asleep.”

The court heard the boy’s father found his chats on Skype involved an adult asking him about his sex life, so he contacted the police.

Judge Twomlow told Isaac he had gone on to “an innocent type of game, very far removed from the type of contact you engaged in.

“You knew you would find teenage boys. This was clearly a grooming process.”

Susan Ferrier, defending, said Isaac apologised to the boys and their parents.

“He was subjected to bullying from the age of 12 and is far more comfortable in the online world than the real world,” she added.

A father of one of the victims said before the case: “Nobody my son’s age would have stood a chance.”

He read 170 pages of chat between the two and described Isaac as “callous and cold”, adding: “The way he gained his trust, built the relationship, he was an expert.

“There is no way that any child, once drawn into that world, would ever have seen it coming.”

While he initially felt disbelief, the father now believes any amount of parental training could not have prevented it happening.

He said his son was totally unaware and is finding it hard to cope with the realisation that he was “calculatedly groomed”.

November 2016

Paedophile targeted teenage boys through online game Minecraft

A pervert who preyed on young boys on the incredibly popular video game Minecraft has admitted a string of child sex offences .

Adam Isaac, of Maesgwynne, South Wales, is facing jail for crimes against two boys aged 13 and 14 and will be sentenced when he returns to court next month.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to six charges of causing or inciting child prostitution or child pornography, one charge of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and one charge of possessing indecent images.

Merthyr Crown Court heard the offences were committed between August 2015 and January 2016.

The pervert used Minecraft to lure his victims in
Sue Ferrier, defending, asked Judge Richard Twomlow for an adjournment for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

She said: “He does understand that these are serious matters and he has been trying to address these issues himself.”

The prosecution did not open the case against Isaac but will be applying for a sexual harm prevention order at the next hearing

Isaac was released on conditional bail until he is sentenced on December 16.

The judge told him: “You have pleaded guilty to a number of serious offences. I am going to ask for a pre-sentence report so the court knows more about you.

“The fact I am doing this is no indication of the sort of sentence you will expect. In all likelihood it will be a prison sentence – you must understand that.”

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