July 2017

Sex obsessed paedophile made young girls strip in lewd webcam sessions

A self-confessed sex addict lured teenage girls into exposing themselves in online chatrooms before recording them and saving them to his laptop.

Anthony Roydhouse, 47, saved 11 video files to his personal laptop, which contained indecent footage of girls as young as 10 captured during one-on-one internet webcam sessions.

One of these videos involved a girl between the age of ten and 14 who pulled up her shirt to expose her breasts

He abused two other girls, aged 11 and 10. One was dressed in her school uniform at the time.

Claire Holmes, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that police officers went to Roydhouse’s home in Victoria Avenue, Willerby, on April 6 last year.

She said: “At 6:45am on April 6, 2016, police officers attended his home address and spoke to this defendant.

“They seized his computer along with other items but nothing of concern was found on those items.

“An examination of the laptop by a forensic examiner later revealed that they were six category C video files and five category B video files.”

The 11 files were all created between October 7, 2015 and February 23, 2016 and police also found file-sharing software with a history of search terms, including ‘paedo’ and underage.

Roydhouse initially denied all knowledge of indecent material in his first police interview.

However, after being released on bail, he was re-interviewed on February 16 earlier this year and admitted responsibility for the videos found.

Miss Holmes said: “He said he was responsible for the videos found and he said he had a sex addiction and problem for which he was receiving counselling.

“He had been involved in camera to camera sessions on various chat forums and these included sessions with children.”

When he came back for another interview on May 11, he admitted using a software called ‘Webcam and Screen Recorder’ to record camera to camera sessions he had had with people.

The defendant later pleaded guilty to five counts of inciting a girl between 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of causing a child to watch or look at an image of sexual activity, and a further two counts of making an indecent photograph of a child.

Roydhouse was due to be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on Friday, but Judge Mark Bury was keen to know whether the children involved in the webcam sessions were being exploited for financial gain.

“I don’t understand at the moment the degree of exploitation involved in this and I think it’s rather important,” he said.

As a result, Roydhouse was released on unconditional bail with his sentencing adjourned until August 7 at Grimsby Crown Court.