January 2019

‘Dangerous’ Gloucestershire paedophile jailed

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A man who was caught in a police sting after going to meet a “13-year-old girl” he had groomed has been jailed for 16 years.

Jason Evans, 34, arranged to meet the girl at Stonehouse railway station, in Gloucestershire, after chatting online.

However, the “girl” was in fact a fake online profile set up by police – who arrested him at the station.

Evans, from Stonehouse, admitted grooming and possessing indecent images at Gloucester Crown Court.

Judge Ian Lawrie QC told Evans on 31 January he was in no doubt he was dangerous and there was a significant risk he would commit further offences if he wasn’t jailed.

The court heard police had set up the sting after discovering Evans was using online profiles to target vulnerable girls aged 12 to 16.

He encouraged them to send naked photos of themselves and offered to pay their train fares to meet up to have sex.

The court heard none of his victims went as far as meeting with him for sex but Evans had a “historical and entrenched fixation with children”.

A number of the most recent offences were committed while Evans was already subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Jason Evans appeared at Gloucester Crown Court via videolink from HMP Bristol.

December 2018

Sick pervert used teenage dating app to convince children to have sex with him

A 34-year-old Stonehouse man with a ‘long standing sexual interest in children’ was told this week that he he faces an extended jail term for a catalogue of 24 offences.

Jason Evans, of Gloucester Road, Stonehouse, has admitted 11 sex offences and asked for a further 13 to be taken into consideration.

Judge Ian Lawrie QC heard at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday that deviant Evans used multiple online personas to communicate with girls, encouraging and inciting them to engage in sexual activities, to send him naked intimate images and to make arrangements to meet him.

Prosecutor Alistair Haggerty told the judge that Evans was arrested at Stonehouse Railway Station on July 18 this year, after he had gone there ‘presumably in anticipation of meeting a child’ he had been grooming online.

Little did Evans know that he had been communicating with three undercover police officers purporting to be teenage girls on the MyLOL teen dating app.

Following his arrest and a search of his property, officers seized computer devices. Some were hidden in a void above a suspended ceiling.

The possession of this equipment placed him in breach of a sexual harm prevention order imposed for previous offending, the prosecutor said.

When the devices were analysed, the police found indecent images of children including some of the most serious levels of vile child abuse.

In total there were 2,638 indecent images with 70 classified as category A.

Mr Haggerty said some of the vile images were ‘extremely graphic’ with two hours of category A videos found. The longest clip of child abuse was 18 minutes.

As the officers continued to analyse the devices they found that not only had Evans been in contact with undercover investigators posing as children, he had been communicating, inciting and grooming real children online.

Mr Haggerty said that some of the girls were ‘very vulnerable’.

Perverted Evans would use multiple personas on the MyLOL site, both male and female, to incite the girls into sexual activity, Mr Haggerty said.

He was known as both ‘Jason’ and ‘Jessica’ and kept files named after the underage girls he was communicating with.

Evans would use the ‘Jessica’ profile to reassure and encourage the girls about their communication with ‘Jason’.

Mr Haggerty said there was clear evidence of Evans inciting the girls to send him intimate images of themselves, which they did, and further making arrangements to meet for sex.

He would promise the girls he would be ‘gentle’ with them, pay for their train fare and offer them alcohol to help them relax before sex.

Mr Haggerty explained the nature of the vulnerabilities of the girls that Evans was grooming.

One was aged 15 but had a ‘mental age of nine’, he said. Others had been care leavers, had behavioural issues, or were self harming.

Those vulnerable children were targeted by Evans on the dating site, and he would purport to be a depressed teenage boy or the sister of the boy.

He would ‘pull at their heart strings, make them feel sorry for him’.

Mr Haggerty highlighted the case of one particular girl who said she was prepared ‘to meet him to lose her virginity. She felt sorry for him’.

That girl ‘was in a particularly bad place’ due to family and abandonment issues, the prosecutor said.

That girl was targeted by Evans through the ‘Jessica’ profile to have sex for money with ‘Jason’.

“Jessica encouraged [the girl] to contact Jason and to offer a price for her virginity,” Mr Haggerty said.

“Jessica was quite persistent saying: ‘All you have to do is f*** him once and take his cash. It pays to get laid’.

“[That girl] was considering meeting him, but could not afford the fare.

“Jessica said Jason would pay for alcohol and train.

“She felt she should have sex with Jason as he was depressed and Jessica had been so nice,” Mr Haggerty said.

The prosecutor said: “it was persistent contact with vulnerable young girls.”

Officers identified 11 children that Evans had contacted beyond the undercover investigator, but said they could not be certain if ‘all’ of those contacted were ‘real or not’.

Mr Haggerty said Evans had a criminal record with 15 previous offences which all concern sexual offending against children.

The court heard that in 2017 he had been made subject to a community order for attempting to meet a girl aged under 16 after sexual grooming.

As part of that sentence a five year sexual harm prevention order was imposed.

“An aggravating feature are the previous convictions,” the prosecutor said.

Judge Lawrie noted: “A complete persistence in accessing imagery despite protective orders. Nothing seems to deter him.

“There is the collective gravity of what he is doing.”

Mr Haggerty agreed saying: “He sought to meet them for sex. He was arrested from the train station seemingly waiting to meet one of these children.”

“This is translating into intended contact,” the judge said. “A mark of significant planning. Persistent. Nothing deters him it would seem.”

Sarah Jenkins, representing Evans, said her client had ‘childhood experiences’ which she would not go into in open court that led him to be: “Seemingly unable to form relationships with adult females.

“This is from feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem which may be attributed to his own childhood experiences.

“His own expression of how he feels, is he is less likely to be judged by females who are younger.

“There is a lack of confidence so far as he is concerned, leading to a high degree of social isolation.

“He had very little to take him outside of his address. Spending long periods on his own.

“One meets other people involved in similar activity,” the lawyer said. “It starts to feel more normal than it should do.”

The judge said that Evans’ previous convictions showed that there had been two previous attempts to provide him rehabilitation.

“It is recognised that the tortured personality is not cured in a blink of an eye,” the judge said.

“Two times he has had access to support, direction and correction to remedy his diverse sexual interest, but he is within a short time committing offences.

“I am deeply concerned that there have been two goes and it has not worked.

“At the very least he would be aware of the problem,” the judge said to Mrs Jenkins.

“I do not submit that he was not aware the behaviour was wrong,” she replied. “My point is that when submersed in a world with other individuals, it perhaps becomes more normal.

The judge responded: “Point understood, but it is not an attractive one.

“I am very concerned.

“At the moment we are in the realms of the extended sentence. There is the gravity by sheer number and palpable risks.”

Mrs Jenkins said there were no ‘contact offences’.

“That is luck by judgement,” the judge said. “That is not for the want of trying. Tipping up to Stonehouse railway station.

“I can’t help but form the view he is a deeply manipulative individual. I got the impression he says things to professionals that he thinks that they want to hear.”

The judge said he could not proceed to sentence: “Because of the sheer variety and persistence of commission it is a complicated sentencing exercise.

“I will be imposing an extended sentence, but they are rarely passed in collective attempt cases.

“He will in custody for some time. The sentence will be on a date to be fixed at the end of January.”

Evans was remanded in custody until a date to be fixed.

November 2018

Pervert admits further offences against children

A 34 year old Stonehouse sex offender has admitted further offences against children including making indecent photos and possessing videos of child abuse.

Previously Jason Evans, of Gloucester Road, Stonehouse, had admitted attempting to meet a child after sexually grooming her, three offences of attempting to breach the terms of a sexual harm prevention order, and two of attempting to incite girls under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

On Friday at Gloucester crown court, Evans pleaded guilty to three new charges of making indecent photographs of children between 1st January and 19th July this year.

Judge Michael Cullum heard those offences included 23 ‘movies’ of vile child abuse of the most serious categorisation.

Evans also pleaded guilty to possessing an indecent image of a child, and a further breach of a sexual harm prevention order by having a computer device that he did not make available to the police to examine.

The judge ordered that all charges be brought together and a probation report be prepared for the sentence hearing he fixed for 13th December.

Evans was remanded in custody till then.