June 2017

Former chaffeur jailed after using online chat rooms in an attempt to groom girl for sex

A former chauffeur who used the internet to try to meet children for sex has been given an extended prison sentence after being branded a danger to society.

John Gonzalez-Lago, 53, logged onto online chat rooms in an attempt to set up illegal assignations with youngsters, Guildford Crown Court heard on Friday (June 23).

But police found out what he was doing and arrested him, the court was told.

Detectives also discovered more than 3,000 indecent images of children and one depicting sex between a human being and an animal.

Gonzalez-Lago, 53, of Victoria Road, Knaphill, Woking, appeared for sentence after pleading guilty to two offences of attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence.

He also admitted one charge of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

In addition, Gonzalez-Lago pleaded guilty to six offences of making indecent images and one of possession of extreme pornography.

He was jailed for seven years and was told he had to serve at least five of those years behind bars.

The defendant was also warned he would have to serve an additional three years on licence.

Gonzalez-Lago was put on the sex offenders register for life and banned from having unsupervised contact with children for an indefinite period.

Judge Peter Moss told the defendant: “I assess you to be dangerous.”

He said he was therefore imposing an extended jail term to protect the public.

Judge Moss said the evidence showed that the defendant had been attempting to “groom” a 15-year-old girl online for sex.

He described the indecent images depicting sexual abuse and sexual pain as among the worst kind of “depravity.”

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