May 2018

Sex offender groomed boy with talk of ‘zombies and Xbox’

A sex offender has been jailed after he groomed an underage boy by chatting about ‘zombies and Xbox’ before asking him to perform a sex act.

James Colquitt, formerly of Worcester, chatted to the 13-year-old from Merseyside after making contact with him through online gaming.

The 23-year-old, now of Childe Road, Cleobury Mortimer, near Kidderminster admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday.

Colquitt further admitted making indecent images of children, described by judge Robert Juckes as ‘the worst kind’. Some of the children in the images were as young as four and the oldest was around 10.

Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, said contact between Colquitt and the boy lasted between two and three months, beginning in June 2016.

The offences came to light in September when the boy’s parents became concerned. One of the messages from Colquitt asked the boy to perform a sex act on himself.

The parents challenged their son and he said initially the messages were social and about their common interest in gaming but had ‘developed into something else’.

The parents reported Colquitt to the police and he was arrested at his home on December 9, 2016.

Mr Whitfield said Colquitt had been ‘candid’ in interview.

Colquitt was also found in possession of 21 category A indecent images of children, the most serious level, showing penetrative sexual activity.

He had 15 category B images and 531 category C images.

Colquitt pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children on May 11, 2015 when he was made subject to a three year community order which he was in breach of through these more recent offences.

Police had executed a search warrant at his home in Sycamore Road, Worcester, finding a phone containing indecent images and a carrier bag containing numerous pairs of children’s underwear and an internet history including searches for “young boys in white briefs.”

Judge Robert Juckes QC said: “The difficulty here is that the particular offending was not, as it were, spur of the moment behaviour.” He described the downloading of such indecent images as ‘disquieting’, exciting an understandable disgust within the community.

He added: “It appears there has been an escalation because you have moved from pornography to making contact with a child nine years younger than yourself over a period of two to three months in various exchanges. You groomed him towards this behaviour. That’s all very deliberate.”

The judge jailed him for 12 months for the inciting offence. Concurrent sentences of 12 months, nine months and six months were imposed for the indecent images.

A sexual harm prevention order was made for 10 years. Colquitt must sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

April 2018

Worcester child sex offender faces jail for ‘grooming’ boy

A sex offender who incited an underage boy to engage in sexual activity has been told to prepare for jail.

James Colquitt, formerly of Worcester, admitted inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court

The 23-year-old, now of Childe Road, Cleobury Mortimer, near Kidderminster was also convicted of three offences of making indecent images of children at Worcestershire Magistrates Court on March 13 this year.

The case was adjourned so Colquitt could be interviewed by a probation officer and sentenced but it was decided it would be best to adjourn the case for a fuller pre-sentence report so probation can speak to the defendant’s offender manager.

Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, said he placed the inciting a child count in category two of the sentencing guidelines (the second most serious level), showing ‘high culpability’.

The sentence has a starting point of a three year prison sentence with a range of two to six years.

Mr Whitfield said aggravating features included the disparity in age between the defendant and the complainant and that offences represented a ‘progression’ from a previous, relevant conviction.

He added: “An element of grooming may creep into it as well.”

Colquitt was represented at the hearing by Sabhia Pathan.

We reported in May 2015 how police carried out a warrant at Colquitt’s then address in Sycamore Road, Worcester.

Police were monitoring his downloading of indecent material. Family members showed them his bedroom where they found the phone.

They also found a carrier bag containing numerous pairs of children’s underwear and an internet history including searches for adult gay porn sites and for “young boys in white briefs.”

At the time of the raid on April 11, 2011, Colquitt was 16 years old.

He admitted having six indecent images of boys aged under 16.

For the previous case Colquitt was given a three-year community order with a requirement to attend a programme aimed at sex offenders. A sexual harm prevention order restricting his use of the internet was made and he was ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.

Judge Jim Tindal said: “You need to prepare yourself to go to prison. The reality is that this is a case which ordinarily would be dealt with by an immediate prison sentence and, against the background of a relevant pervious conviction, it’s going to be difficult to persuade any judge to suspend the sentence. Difficult but not impossible.”

In the meantime he urged Colquitt to co-operate with the probation service, adjourning the sentencing hearing until May 2.