April 2018

Self-confessed paedophile filmed himself molesting boys

A self-confessed paedophile who filmed himself molesting boys is starting a 12-year prison sentence for a catalogue of child sex crimes.

James Sergeant’s sickening secret world of grooming and depravity unravelled when police raided his home and seized his computer.

Officers found more than 2,300 child abuse images, with over 60 videos he had recorded himself.

The videos showed him abusing two underage boys several years ago, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Asking one boy what he would do for a dare, he touched the boys, got them to touch him and encouraged them to watch pornography and take part in “degrading behaviour”.

Prosecutor Robin Turton told the court: “He has an interest in prepubescent boys.”

The collection of disturbing pictures discovered on the tower computer, most downloaded from the internet, included more than 600 at the most serious level in law.

When arrested on suspicion of rape, Sergeant said: “No that hasn’t happened. It’s not me.”

Sergeant, of Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, later admitted a total of 20 charges.

They were four charges of raping a child under 13, one of sexually assaulting a child, five of sexual activity with a child and six of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, taking and making indecent images of children and possessing 82 prohibited images of children and 21 images of extreme pornography.

He lacked empathy and attributed adult qualities to the child victims, said a probation report.

Sergeant was jailed for 12 years, his first prison sentence.

He was given a sexual harm prevention order banning him from work or unsupervised contact with under-16s and governing his internet and devices use, and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both indefinitely.