February 2018

Man jailed for using real girl’s identity in online sex exchanges

A sex offender who stole a schoolgirl’s identity and used it to pose as a child online has been jailed.

Andrew Keith Bulmer, 35, used pictures from Facebook in his masquerade during which he sent an obscene film of a second child and engaged in sexual talk and fantasies with other men, said Anthony Moore, prosecuting.

He also received indecent images of children from the other men.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said Bulmer was doing it for his own sexual gratification.

“I take into account the serious effect it has had upon her (the girl whose identity was stolen),” he said. “Her mother has quite rightly said this is not a victimless crime.”

Bulmer, of Milan House, Eboracum Way, York, pleaded guilty to an offence involving an indecent video of a child, possessing five extreme images of children and publishing obscene material by sending a film of a child subjected to an extreme sexual act, and was jailed for 30 months.

In 2012, he was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman.

Last month, a York jury acquitted Bulmer of sexually assaulting another woman. He was barred from contacting her in any way under a ten-year sexual harm prevention order that also controls his access to the internet.

Bulmer was put on the sex offenders register for the second time.

Mr Moore said men contacted by Bulmer had been charged with offences relating to grooming a child for sexual activities. Bulmer had pretended he was an underage girl looking for sex.