May 2018

Pershore paedophile bribed underage girl with sweets and used her like ‘porn website’

A paedophile who bribed an underage girl with sweets and used her like a pornographic website has been jailed after she bravely spoke out in court.

Wayne Roberts took photographs and videos of the child while she was naked for his enjoyment, arranging her in sexual positions. He also touched her sexually.

The girl read out her victim personal statement from behind a screen at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday and was commended by the judge for her courage.

The 37 year-old of Wescott Way, Pershore, admitted the controlling sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of sexual activity with a child, controlling and prostituting a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity during 2016 and 2017.

Michael Conry, prosecuting, said: “This was not only sexual abuse but controlling abuse.”

The offences came to light when police received an anonymous call from one of Roberts’s work colleagues and he was arrested in Evesham on August 29 last year.

He told them: “It’s not just an allegation – it’s true.”

A mobile phone was recovered which had been fixed to his car’s dashboard, forming the bulk of the evidence in the case.

Roberts described the girl as ‘his guilty pleasure’.

Mr Conry said: “He used to bribe her by offering her sweets, Pepsi cola and the like. He regarded her like a female actress or model on a live webcam.”

The girl broke down in tears as she read out her victim personal statement from behind a curtain which was pulled around before the defendant was brought into the dock to hear her harrowing account of the abuse she suffered at his hands.

Reassured by the judge she composed herself, saying how she felt she couldn’t tell anyone but felt like a weight had been lifted once she had.

The girl said: “I did not know how to get him to stop. When I told police about the abuse they told me it wasn’t my fault. When he was arrested I thought ‘thank God for that’, he was finally going to stop abusing me and I don’t have to see him again.”

She added: “I keep seeing his face everywhere. I feel scared most of the time. I want for him to go to prison so I can feel safe.”

Judith Kenney, defending, said: “The person who reported this to police was a work colleague who he confided in.

“He realised it was out of control. He could not stop himself. He needed someone to take action for him.

She described him as having low self-esteem and asked that he be given full credit for his early guilty plea.

Judge Jim Tindal said: “You used her as pornography, like she was a website. She will have to carry the weight of that for the rest of her life.

“All you were thinking about was yourself and your own perceived needs.”

He acknowledged the defendant had no previous convictions and had been honest about what had happened when challenged.

The judge jailed him for six years. Roberts must sign the sex offender register for life. A sexual harm prevention order was made until further order and he must have no contact of any kind with the girl.

After Roberts had been taken down the judge spoke to the girl and told her he was pleased she did not blame herself which was commonly the case, telling her: “It’s not your fault.”

He added: “Although this will stay with you, you have been incredibly strong. You should be proud of yourself.”