June 2019

Pervert paid mum £25 to have her two young daughters sexually assaulted in front of him on an online video stream

A paedophile paid a mum £25 to have her two young daughters sexually assaulted in front of him on an online video stream.

The arrangement called for the girls, aged 10 and 15, to be abused by their male cousins, aged 12 and 15, at a location in the Philippines, a court heard.

Nigel Birch, who was living with his wife at the time, had sent money to the mother and they chatted about what would happen next, but prosecutors were unable to prove whether the sick acts were carried out.

The 66-year-old’s bank account was found to have been used to make 172 payments, and he was also found to be in possession of indecent images of children as young as seven.

When he was confronted over the payments, the father of two grown-up daughters first claimed he had been sending the money to a woman to help her out of the sex trade

But Skype logs on his computer showed he had set up the show where the woman’s children would be abused.

He then admitted he was funding the online displays and had been masturbating to what he saw as he was attracted to youngsters.

Birch has now been jailed for two years and eight months.

Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court police received intelligence about a number of payments he was making to the Philippines.

They went to the home he shared with his wife to speak to him and he said that while he was sending the cash to the woman, it was for “philanthropic” reasons.

However they seized his laptop and three hard drives and quickly found a small collection of indecent images of children, as young as seven, as well as chat logs.

He said he was supporting a woman he had met online to help her out of the sex trade, but then accepted he sent money for about six shows “where children would strip naked”.

Miss Hingston said: “Mr Birch was apparently arranging with this woman to pay her and in return for that she will arrange a show for him.

“That show will involve young girls, her daughters, said in this conversation to be 10 and 15.

“They are going to engage in sexual activities [with] two boys, her nephews. The boys are aged 12 and 15.”

Birch, formerly of Swindon but now of Stroud, Glos, pleaded guilty to facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and making indecent images of children.

Since his arrest Birch’s wife had left him, he had to move away, one of his daughters no longer speaks to him and he lost his job.

Jailing him. Judge Jason Taylor QC said “You obviously logged on for that show. It can’t be proved beyond doubt it took place.

“You made admissions, including that you derived sexual pleasure from what you saw on previous occasions.

“You said you had paid for shows on a dozen times even though you only got a return on about half of them.”

As well as jailing him he also imposed a sexual harm prevention order restricting his liberty on release and he must register as a sex offender for life.