July 2017

Man pretended to be teen online so he could seduce schoolgirls

A pervert pretended to be a teenager online so he could talk schoolgirls into sordid sex acts.

Alan Thompson, 49, masqueraded under the guise of a 19-year-old while chatting with children aged just nine and 12.

The paedophile, of Oriel Road, Tranmere , convinced two victims to expose themselves and showed them his penis.

Judge Brian Cummings, QC, said: “Your behaviour in these conversations was persistent, insidious, manipulative and corrupting.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard the offences came to light when the nine-year-old’s mum checked her iPad to monitor her Instagramaccount.

She discovered a video chat and messaging app called ooVoo, which contained sexual conversations with three men.

Christopher Taylor, prosecuting, said the mum called police, who traced the IP addresses of two of the men to America.

Officers discovered the third man, who called himself Jason and suggested he was born in 1996, was Thompson.

Police raided his home on December 7 last year

When police tried to speak to the first girl, she reacted with “such extreme distress” they could not take a statement.

Thompson was released on bail, but his computer equipment revealed he had also talked to a 12-year-old girl.

It contained two Category B indecent images – the second worst category – and 392 Category C pictures of children.

Judge Cummings said: “You put forward an elaborate account that it must have been done by other persons who you had allowed to access your computer remotely.”

Thompson exchanged up to 600 messages with the first girl, exposed himself and urged her to do the same.

Judge Cummings said: “I’m satisfied you knew from her appearance you were dealing with a very young child.”

The paedophile began speaking with the second girl by asking if she was “horny”.

Judge Cummings said: “You told her she was so fit for 12. You plainly knew her age. You said you were 13.”

The judge said she “suffered profound ill effects” and it caused “great distress” to her parents.

Thompson admitted three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, plus downloading and possessing indecent images of children.

Jailing him for three years and nine months, the judge said: “I accept you will be vulnerable in prison.

“That must be set against the vulnerability of the very young children you have offended against.”

Judge Cummings gave Thompson an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.