April 2017

Man promised ‘underage girl’ a helicopter in exchange for her virginity

A MAN who encouraged young girls to carry out sex acts on themselves over the internet has walked free from court.

Jonjo Neale thought he was talking to a 13-year-old girl when he told her he would buy her a helicopter for her virginity.

But in reality the 32-year-old Sales assistant at computer gaming shop ‘Game’ in Swindon was communicating with a police officer who was searching for online perverts.

As well as trying to get children to abuse themselves he also used Skype to perform sex acts online in front of the young girls.

Now after a judge heard he would have to jail him for four years for him to get help on the inside he instead put him on a community order.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how Neale was caught after the ‘child’ he thought he was communicating with turned out to be law enforcement officers.

She said the officer pretended to be a girl called Kayleigh and went on chat sites used by teenagers.

Once online she was quickly contacted by Neale who routinely had two to three hour sessions of chat with the youngster.

Miss Squire said the conversation became sexual with him asking her to send him pictures and referring to her age.

She said: “He made a rather sort of bizarre offer: he said he would buy her a helicopter for her virginity.”

He also pestered her to put pictures of herself on a ‘jail bait’ gallery where underage girls post images of themselves posing provocatively.

And when his computer was seized police found he had been contacting with at least 30 other underage girls.

Miss Squire said one, who could not be found through her username, was urged to carry out sex acts on herself using a hairbrush.

In other Skype conversations he had been talking to 12-year-olds sending them links to pornography and performing sex acts online.

She said when he was questioned by police he admitted what he had done between 2012 and 2015.

Neale, of West End Road, admitted four counts of attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child and four of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Passing sentence Judge Robert Pawson said the appropriate sentence for what he had done would be two-and-a-half years.

But he added: “The information I have received is the custodial element of your sentence you need to receive for you to be able to go on a sex offender programme would need to be a minimum of two years.

“Any sentence you receive would mean you serve half the period in custody. I would have to pass a sentence of four years for the reason I have already given. I couldn’t properly pass a sentence of four years on you.

“My real concern is this: that you have a predisposition toward paedophilia, a sexual interest in children. In this case girls between the age of under 13 and 17. My primary duty is to protect them and to protect the public.”

He said that was best done if he imposed a three-year community order with a sex offenders’ programme and 60 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

Neale will also be subject to sexual harm prevention order for 12 years and must register as a sex offender for five years.

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