April 2018

Trowbridge paedophile back in jail after ’14-year-old’ turned out to be a police officer

A PAEDOPHILE is back behind bars after being caught trying to get a 14-year-old to carry out a sex act over Skype

Gary Palmer sent a vile picture of himself as he tried to encourage the youngster to carry out a sex act on herself for his own gratification.

But in reality the 37-year-old was corresponding with a police officer who was patrolling internet chat rooms under the guise of a teenage girl.

Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how Palmer, of Sparrow Street, Trowbridge, was banned from online chat rooms as part of a sentence imposed in 2009.

But in February an officer using the name Phoebe was online when the defendant started a highly sexualised conversation.

“The law enforcement officer made it clear that he or she was a 14-year-old child several times throughout the conversation,” Mr Meeke said.

“But the chat very quickly descended to the most lurid tones and term, I don’t need to read them out: they are singularly boring but equally obscene.”

He said Palmer tried to get what he thought was a schoolgirl to carry out sex acts on herself, while he sent her vile images of himself and also of bestiality.

As a result of what the officer saw they were able to track down the defendant’s computer and colleagues went to his home and arrested him.

He was found to have two mobile phones, one of which confirmed the contact he had made with the officer, and when he was questioned he admitted what he had done.

Palmer admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing extreme pornography.

The court was told that he was jailed for five years, with a three year extended licence, when he was living in Salisbury in 2009.

On that occasion he had contacted girls under 13 online and persuaded them to undress and carry out sex acts on themselves while he watched on a webcam.

He also distributed indecent photographs of children and was found with more than 800 images of child abuse.

He was released from jail in 2011 but after breaching his licence was returned to prison, getting out again in 2015.

Nicola Talbot-Hadley, defending, said that her client was sorry for what he had done and was aware he needed help for his issues.

As a result of being remanded in custody. she said. he had lost his job and flat for what was a single lapse.

Jailing him Judge Jason Taylor QC said “You said to probation that you are attracted to girls over the age of 11. You are a high risk of committing further sexual offences.

“The ‘girl’ was an undercover police officer patrolling the chat room. Had she not been patrolling the website that might have been a real 14-year-old girl.”

He sentenced him to 18 months with a three year extended licence, meaning he will serve two-thirds of the custodial period.

March 2018

Pervert who wanted to have sex with 14yo caught in police ‘sting’ operation

A SEX offender who tried to get a 14-year-old girl to engage in a sex act over the internet has been warned he could be facing jail.

Gary Palmer was caught because Phoebe, the girl he thought he was contacting, was in fact an undercover police officer.

After hearing the 37-year-old had been jailed in the past for similar matters a judge warned him to expect further time behind bars.

Palmer accessed internet chat rooms at the start of February, in breach of an order imposed when he was jailed at Salisbury Crown Court in 2009.

At the same time he tried to encourage what he thought was a schoolgirl to carry out sex acts on herself online.

Palmer, of Sparrow Street, Trowbridge, pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing extreme pornography when he appeared at Swindon crown court.

Nicola Talbot-Hadley, defending, said that he had been subject to probation from his release in 2014 until August last year.

When he was arrested last month he told police he was struggling at the time, but fearful of being recalled to custody again so did not tell his offender manager.

She said that while the matters he was before the court for are serious, no child was actually harmed as he was in contact with a police officer.

Although custody is likely she asked for a pre-sentence report to assist the judge decide what to do with him.

Remanding him in custody Recorder Ed Burgess QC adjourned the case to April 10 telling him “In all probability it will be a custodial sentence.”

Palmer was jailed for five years with a three year extended licence after admitting a raft of offences in Salisbury.

He had contacted girls under 13 online and persuaded them to undress and carry out sex acts on themselves while he watched on a webcam.

The pervert also distributed indecent photographs of children and was found to have more than 800 images of child abuse.