A 25-year-old man pretended to be a 15-year-old boy online to get a teenager to perform sexual acts for him, a court has heard.
Sean Morgan had also been searching social media and downloading pictures of teens, many in school uniform
Swansea Crown Court heard how police raided Morgan’s house in Carmarthen in February this year following information received from the National Crime Agency that somebody at his address was accessing indecent images.
Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said officers seized his laptop computers and mobile phone, and on the devices found more than 2,000 indecent images and videos.
Morgan was released on bail, and investigators then began to delve deeper into his iPhone – on the phone they found evidence of conversations with a teenager where he was posing as a 15-year-old boy called “Connor”.
During the “highly sexual” exchanges, which lasted for a number of months, he asked the boy to perform sex acts on himself and send him the videos, and he sent him pictures of his genitals.
The prosecutor said Dyfed-Powys Police used subscriber information to find the person he had been communicating with.
Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed it was a 15-year-old schoolboy from their patch.
The court heard many of the conversations between Morgan and the West Country boy had happened while the defendant was on bail for the indecent images matter.
Also on the phone were 31 albums – each with the name of a male – containing non-indecent images of teenage boys.
Miss Powell said these images – many of children in school uniforms – seemed to have been copied from social media without the knowledge of those in the pictures.
A victim impact statement from the boy in the West Country said he felt “embarrassed and humiliated” after what the person he knew as Connor had persuaded him to do, adding: “I have learned a real lesson in trusting people.”
Morgan, of Blue Street, Carmarthen, pleaded guilty to two counts of inciting a child aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
He had previously pleaded to causing or inciting child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to watch a sexual act, engaging in sexual communications with a child, and four counts of making indecent images at magistrates court.
Judge Peter Heywood told Morgan that the images he had collected were not just photographs but real boys being exploited for financial gain because people like him provided a ready market for such material.
He told the defendant he clearly had an “unhealthy interest” in young teenage boys, and there had been elements of grooming in his conversations with the 15-year-old.
For each of the inciting charges on the indictment Morgan was sentenced to two years in prison, for the inciting charges from magistrates court to 16 months, for the causing a child to watch a sexual act to 12 months, for the engaging in sexual communication charge 12 months, and for each of the four indecent images charges to six months – all the sentences will run concurrently with one another, making a total sentence of two years.
Morgan will serve half that period in custody before being released on licence.
He will also be on the sex offenders register for 10 years, and was made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order to control his access to the internet.