July 2018

Prolific paedophile sexually groomed 26 boys

A prolific paedophile who sexually groomed 26 boys by posing as a teenage girl online could have abused many more after police confirmed he had been in contact with more than 60 children.

Henri Michael Pinney, 22, was jailed for eight years yesterday at Leicester Crown Court for offences totalling 40 counts against 26 boys following a six week trial. 

After a two-year probe Detective Chief Inspector Shaun Orton has said that he is ‘certain’ Pinney abused other children who have not yet come forward. 

Pinney, from Leicester, spent ‘all his available time’ grooming victims by persuading them to take and send indecent pictures of themselves.

Before his arrest in June 2016, he also persuaded the children to use Skype, for live video messaging, where he would also try to get them to engage in sexual activities.

Mr Orton said: ‘If there is anyone who may have been contacted by Pinney and they believe they may also have been a victim of a similar crime we would ask them to contact us.

‘We have specially trained officers here to help and who will speak sensitively to any victim of this type of crime.

‘I have led murder investigations previously in my career but nothing prepared me or my team for the sheer volume of data and material that this case would produce.’

Officers seized two phones and three tablets from Pinney who generated 565,000,000 pages of data which Leicester police trawled through.

He added: ‘The victims have been extremely courageous and I would like to pay tribute to them for their co-operation and support as we wouldn’t have secured this conviction without them.

‘Some of them gave evidence in court, an experience which I am sure was very daunting and overwhelming.

‘People like Pinney often prey on young people who don’t always have the ability to say no or understand someone’s true intentions.

‘He used his persuasion to talk these victims into engaging in sexual conversations or into sending indecent images of themselves to him for his own sexual gratification.

‘His refusal to acknowledge his crimes forced his victims to relive their trauma by giving evidence in court.’

Pinney was also given a lifelong Sexual Harm Prevention Order