April 2017

Pair jailed for teen internet sex video

TWO men who filmed a video of themselves having sex with a teenage girl that was subsequently put on the internet have been jailed.

William Wright, aged 24, of Andover Green in Bovington, and Connor Hayes, aged 24, of Namu Road in Bournemouth were sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Police have used the opportunity of the sentencing to urge victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to report offences.

Detectives said Hayes and Wright exploited their victim’s vulnerability to engage in sexual acts with her.

Although the girl was over the age of consent, she was under 18, making it illegal to make or possess indecent images of her.

Wright pleaded guilty to taking an indecent moving image of a child, intentionally obtaining for himself the sexual services of a child under the age of 18, distributing an indecent moving image of a child and making indecent images of a child.

Hayes pleaded guilty to taking an indecent moving image of a child, possession of indecent images of a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.

The pair were sentenced to two years in prison and also handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

The court heard that Hayes befriended his victim in 2014. The girl was over the age of consent, but under the age of 18, meaning it is illegal to make or possess indecent images of her.

In November that year, Hayes got his victim to take part in a sex video with his friend Wright, telling the girl that the video was just for them and would not be shown to anyone else.

Hayes told her that if the video got out he would be in trouble as she was under the age of 18, the court was told. After it had been recorded the victim asked the pair to delete the video.

The video was discovered to have been uploaded onto the internet around November 2015.

On December 15, 2015 both men were arrested at their home addresses. Several computers and phones were seized.

An examination of the iPhone belonging to Wright showed that there were ten video clips and 27 still images of the victim. Examination of a laptop used by Hayes showed there were 18 images of the victim which were indecent.

The pair were charged on May 3, 2016.

 

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