October 2009

Pervert who groomed boy online still allowed to use internet

A mother has hit out at a decision to allow the internet pervert who groomed her disabled 12-year-old son to carry on working online.

Craig Michael Lloyd, 20, from Pencoed, Bridgend, avoided jail after he admitted encouraging the boy, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, to engage in sexual activity over a web camera.

The web developer must sign the sex offenders’ register for five years – but he is still free to use the internet for work purposes.

Lloyd, a former Swansea Metropolitan University student, admitted engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and causing or inciting a male child to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to a three-year community order at Cardiff Crown Court earlier this month and must complete sex offender and internet sex offender treatment programmes.

His computer was seized and he was banned from working with children for life. Lloyd was also slapped with a 10-year sexual offender prevention order, banning him from:

  • Living in the same house as any child under 16;

  • having any contact with a child under the age of 16, except in the presence of two adults, one of whom must be a parent or guardian;

  • and using the internet other than for the purposes of work or study, or seeking employment.

But the boy’s mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said Lloyd should be locked up.

“I’m concerned that he’s free to do this to somebody else,” she said. How are they going to govern whether or not he uses the internet for work or personal reasons?”

The boy’s mother added that her son, now 14, and who lives in the Lincolnshire area, was questioning his own sexuality as a result of what Lloyd did to him.

Lloyd, known as Cragllo on social networking websites such as Myspace, Twitter, bebo, Steam and netlog, describes himself as a “web developer, pc gamer and film and television fanatic” on them.

But on May 27, the day he was charged, Lloyd was on the internet setting up a blog. He left a message on networking site Twitter which read: “Decided to put a blog online again, will I use it? only time will tell…”