Goan jailed for 15 months in UK sex grooming case
A Goan man has been sentenced to 15 months in jail on Monday for indulging in graphic sexual fantasies with two underage British girls online and attempting to meet them to carry these out
His application to vacate his guilty plea on the basis that a family friend had interpreted was rejected. He was also also made subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order
Judge Wood passed concurrent sentences of three months and 15 months for the four charges.
UK court convicts Goan for sexually grooming two underage girls
An Indian was on Tuesday convicted by England’s Isleworth Crown Court over charges of sexually grooming two minor girls.
Francisco Pereira, who hails from Panaji in Goa, had pleaded guilty to charges of trying to meet underage girls and attempting sexual communications with them
Pereira, who has been let out on bail, is now on the country’s sex offenders’ register. He is likely to be awarded a prison sentence by the court.
Between December 15 and 30, 2017, Pereira communicated with two underage girls on the internet for the purpose of sexual gratification.
He sent them sexually explicit photographs and messages. He even tried to meet them in London.
He was, however, communicating with a middle-age volunteer with Wolf Pack Hunters, an internet paedophile hunting group.
On December 30, Pereira was apprehended by the paedophile hunters and subsequently arrested by the London Police. A video of Pereira being confronted by members of the Wolf Pack Hunters has gone viral.
In May, Pereira had pleaded not guilty to the same charges at Uxbrigde magistrates’ court. Pereira’s passport has been impounded by the Isleworth Crown Court.
Pereira is of Portuguese nationality.