December 2016

Paedophile jailed for sexually abusing boys and grooming children online

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A ‘dangerous’ paedophile who sexually abused two boys and groomed others online has been jailed for eight years.

Ross Michael Patman came across one of his victims while playing online computer games against him and groomed him by giving him gaming credits and cash.

He sexually abused another two youngsters after becoming friendly with their families.

When police raided his home they found indecent images and videos of him posing with boys aged between six and eight, who did not know they were being filmed.

He had distributed them to another person who Leicester Crown Court was told had a ‘clear sexual interest in children’.

After admitting a series of sex offences, Patman will serve eight years in prison and another six on licence.

At Leicester Crown Court, Patman, formerly of Coalville, but recently of Mercia Court, Repton, Derby, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a boy under 16, between June and December 2011.

He admitted two counts of sexually assaulting a boy under 13 and causing or inciting the same child to engage in sexual activity, between January and December 2015.

Patman further admitted a specimen count of causing or inciting several other children under 13 to engage in sexual activity, between January 22 and 28 this year.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing child sexual abuse images, relating to four indecent images in the most serious bracket, category A, 26 in category B and 16 in category C.

Patman admitted three counts of accessing child sexual abuse images and movies on the internet, relating to 163 images in category A, 505 in category B and 351 in category C.

The defendant further admitted three offences of causing or inciting a 10-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity, via the internet, between October 3 and 10 this year.

Patman was told he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life

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