November 2016

Paedophile admits sexually abusing boys and grooming children online

A paedophile who sexually abused two boys and groomed others online has appeared in court.

Ross Michael Patman (31), admitted a series of offences against youngsters and distributing child pornography.

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 pornography 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.

The case was adjourned until December 12, for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, which will address the issue of “dangerousness,” the court was told.

Patman was remanded back into custody.