May 2019

Leeds teacher wanted sex with Filipino girls as young as four

A former music teacher has been jailed for five years for plotting to sexually abuse young girls in the Philippines.

James Alexander, 42, was caught after sending money to known facilitators who live-streamed child sexual abuse from Illigan City.

Leeds Crown Court heard he asked for images of girls aged nine and six “posing in a certain way” and asked what the youngest “would do with him”.

He also said he wanted to have sexual relations with a four-year-old.

Alexander, of Beeston Road, Beeston, Leeds, admitted arranging the commission of a child sex offence, three counts of attempting to cause a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and one count of making indecent images of a child.

In addition to his sentence, he was given a five-year sexual harm prevention order banning foreign travel, and was made to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Alexander was arrested on 30 June 2018 at Manchester Airport as he flew into the UK from Thailand where he had lived since 2017.

Forensic analysis showed Alexander sent at least 15 money transfers to abuse facilitators between August 2017 and Jun 2018.

It also showed that Alexander – who served as a reservist in the Parachute Regiment from 1999 to 2003 – tried to arrange with abuse facilitators over Skype and WhatsApp to travel to the Philippines to abuse little girls himself.

Alexander had a discussion with one female facilitator about a 13 year-old girl, in which he said: “If I meet anyone else I would like younger”.

He then asked the facilitator for pictures of her 12-year-old daughter.

It is believed indecent images of the 12-year-old were sent to him, as his recovered chat history shows he said: “nice baby…now take the other pictures I asked.”

On 1 February 2018 he and the woman discussed plans for him to meet the girls in a hotel and he asked: “Are you going to bring them both with you and stay also”.

He added: “You’ll show them what to do.”

The woman told Alexander she had other daughters aged nine, six and four.

Alexander, who taught in Leeds and Malaysia before moving to Thailand, asked for sick images of the girls aged nine and six posing in a certain way, and asked what the six-year-old would do with him.

He also explained how he would like to sexually abuse the four-year-old.

Alexander told another Filipino mother – who says she will make her daughters do anything for money – that he wants to have sex with her seven and 11-year-old girls. He directed them to pose for photographs.

NCA officers also discovered other WhatsApp messages where Alexander asked a 10-year-old to send him images of her posing, and asked if he could meet her.

There were no records of Alexander ever travelling to the Philippines.

In-country investigations into the facilitators continue but as a result of NCA intelligence, one suspect was arrested and several children safeguarded.

Alexander taught at Bromsgrove International School in Bangkok, Thailand, which dismissed him upon notification of the investigation. Safeguarding checks were made at the school and there was no evidence of Alexander offending there.

Alexander’s phone contained child abuse images.

He admitted one count of arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence; three counts of attempting to cause/incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and one count of making an indecent image of a child.

Alexander, who also performed as a DJ in Thailand, was prosecuted under section 72 of the Sex Offences Act 2003 which allows British nationals to be prosecuted in the UK for offences committed abroad.

Today, at Leeds Crown Court, he was also given a five-year sexual harm prevention order which bans foreign travel, and he was made to sign the sex offenders register for life.